Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections

September 24, 2016 - January 2, 2017

Only yesterday, it seems, one was hard-pressed to name more than a handful of successful women artists; now the list would be extensive, and the choices rich and varied. Greenwich and the nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of the finest contemporary collections, and thus to some of the most exciting art being made today by women. Her Crowd will offer the rare opportunity to see what some of America’s most influential collectors of contemporary art consider beautiful, important, and compelling. While themes specific to women continue to be of significance, equally important are the formal concerns of the emerging generation: a powerful resurgence of abstract painting, a renewed interest in found materials, and a subtle and complex “layered” aesthetic, undoubtedly influenced by digital media.  Running the gamut from major figures like Yayoi Kusama and Tara Donovan to scores of brilliant newcomers, Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collection will offer a glimpse into the exciting interchange between contemporary artists and their collectors.

Co-curated by Kenneth E. Silver, New York University Professor of Modern Art and Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art, and Mia Laufer, PhD candidate (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow, the exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, featuring a foreword from Peter C. Sutton, Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum, and essays by the curators. It will feature illustrations of the works in the exhibition and catalogue entries. Educational programming for the exhibition will include a lecture series, a film series, and an audio guide.