Brevard Museum of Art & Science

Melbourne, FL



Miriam Schapiro: Work on Paper - A 30-Year Retrospective


"Miriam Schapiro: Work on Paper - A 30-Year Retrospective" is now on display at the Museum of Art and Science. This exhibition, organized by the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona, is the first retrospective exhibition of this important artist's work on paper. Sponsored by Gannett Foundation and Wachovia Bank, "Miriam Schapiro: Works On Paper" will be on display through May 7 in the main galleries. (right: Lost and Found, 1998, lithograph with color Xerox A.P. ed. 30, 32 x 24 inches)

Through the extraordinary body of work which she has created over the past half-century, and the example she has set for women artists everywhere as a leading figure in the feminist art movement, Schapiro has had a profound impact on the art world. She is recognized internationally as a leader in two art movements: the Feminist Art Movement and the Pattern and Decoration Movement. (left: Goncharova's Peasant, 1996, acrylic and fabric, 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches)

She is known for her experimentation with different media and use of both new and traditional materials, yet this works on paper exhibition provides nearly a full survey of her work, her development as an artist, her thinking and ideas about art, and an opportunity to see why Miriam occupies the important and richly deserved position she has achieved in the world of art today.

On Saturday, March 11, Dr. Kristin Congdon, professor of art at the University of Central Florida, will present a lecture Miriam Schapiro and the Feminist Art Movement at 2 p.m. in the Harris Auditorium. Dr. Congdon will present a slide lecture on the dramatic changes the 1970s Feminist Art Movement brought to the world of art, and the central role played by Miriam Schapiro. Her lecture will also explore the impact that both Miriam and Feminist Art continue to have on contemporary art. The lecture is free with museum admission. (left: Frida and Me, 1990, color lithograph, fabric and color Xerox, 41 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches)

Professor Congdon has a degree in art from Valparaiso University, a masters in art education from Indiana University, and a doctorate in art education from the University of Oregon. Recent awards include the 1998 Ziegfield Award from the United States Society for Education Through Art, and the 1998 University of Central Florida's Presidential Award for Special Merit. She is the author of several books, and has published on such topics as women artists, community arts, folk art and art criticism.

See our prior article concerning this touring exhibition: Miriam Schapiro: A Retrospective of Paintings 1954 - 1997 (11/24/99)

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