declared French author Simone de Beauvoir in her 1949 work, The Second Sex, a seminal text that still challenges and inspires artists, activists, policy makers and scholars. Curator Alenka Banco uses de Beauvoir’s stages of a woman’s life (as described in ‘Facts and Myth’s’, book one of The Second Sex) to explore the voice of women. Banco explains “there is a chronicle for womankind not unlike stations of the cross, journeying from girlhood, through puberty and sexual initiation, to maturity and old age. 21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex will showcase art as an individual reflection of womanhood” through selected works by leading female regional artists of various ages and at different points in life, but all created in the world in which women artists must live (to paraphrase de Beauvoir). The works are in a variety of media and may span a career or reflect new work produced specifically for the show.
21st Century Expressions of “The Second Sex”
Rian Brown-Orso and local artist Audra Skuodas — along with 13 other women artists — are featured in 21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex which opens Friday, April 1, 2011 from 6 pm –10 pm at Convivium33 Gallery 1433 East 33rd Street, Cleveland.
Then from woman’s point of view I shall describe the world in which women must live;
and thus we shall be able to envisage the difficulties in their way as, endeavoring to make their escape
from the sphere hitherto assigned them, they aspire to full membership in the human race.
Exhibit dates: Sunday, April 3 –Sunday, May 8, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 2011 from 6 pm –10 pm; Special 8pm Performance
Sneak Preview of scenes from Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves by Cleveland Public Theatre
Closing Reception: Sunday, May 8, 2011 from 11am – 2 pm
Special Mother’s Day Brunch
Convivium33 Gallery 1433 East 33rd Street
Gallery Hours: Daily by appointment
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am-1pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am- 2pm