COMING TO POWER: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art By Women

Sexual imagery created by and for women has a recent but powerful history. "Coming To Power" pays homage to the first generation of women artists who pioneered a new artistic genre in the mid 60s and early 70s using explicit sexual imagery. Artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke and Nancy Spero appropriated this tradition and transformed it into an expression of female freedom and identity. "Coming to Power" also presents the work of a younger generation of female artists. In contrast to the previous generation's more politicized work, the intended impact of the younger artists' work is to elicit sexual excitement as well as express autonomous pleasure, passion and pain. Together both generations engage in a dialogue previously dominated by men and disallowed to women by the taboos in society.


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Ellen Cantor


Louise Bourgeois
Hannah Wilke
Ellen Cantor
Mary Beth Edelson
Doris Kloster
Judith Berinstein
Nancy Spreo
Cindy Sherman
Marilyn Minter
G.B. Jones
Nancy Grossman
Carolee Schneemann
Yoko Ono
Nan Goldin
Nicole Eisenman
Joan Semmel
Joyce Kozloff
Lorraine O'Grady
Zoe Leonard
Lynda Benglis
Lutz Bacher
Monica Majoli
Nancy Fried
Patricia Cronin