National Women’s History Month and the Brooklyn Museum

poster_web.jpgBefore inclement weather forces us to flee TPJ headquarters, we’re taking a moment to celebrate National Women’s History Month—particularly appropriate, considering our all-female staff.

The National Women’s History Project (NWHP) is the organization responsible for the observance of National Women’s History Month each March. NWHP chose “Women’s Art: Women’s Vision” as the theme for this year’s month-long celebration, and selected the following artists as the 2008 honorees: Judy Chicago; Harmony Hammond; Edna Hibel; Lihua Lei; Cecilia Rose O’Neill; Violet Oakley; Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith; Faith Ringgold; Miriam Shapiro; Lorna Simpson; Nancy Spero; and June Claire Wayne. Go to the NWHP site for details on events throughout the month—and to celebrate women in history all year long.

Speaking of Judy Chicago, her multimedia project, The Dinner Party, is now permanently on display at the Brooklyn Museum as part of its Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, so the next time you’re in New York, check it out. We got a look at a few works from the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday here in Cincinnati at the Taft Museum of Art; “From Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper: American Watercolor Masterpieces from the Brooklyn Museum” recently opened, and we weren’t about to miss it!

The exhibition features 70 watercolors from the Brooklyn Museum’s fantastic collection, chronicling the rise of the medium in America, and shifts in technique over the years. Anne even spotted some pastels in one of the earlier landscapes—Samuel Colman’s Late November in a Santa Barbara Cañon, California (about 1886-88). It’s truly a gorgeous show, on display through May 11.

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