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Documentaries About Women in Art: Hopefully Incomplete…
By Le Femmes Folles
*Editor's Note: This piece was first published on Les Femmes Folles August 6th, 2015
Gallery Tally project originator/organizer, and artist Micol Hebron is up to a lot. Along with her own artwork, residencies, educating and curating, she’s recently been a bit known for her being banned from Facebook a few times for superimposing male nipples onto images of female bodies (See her website for various news clips and interviews about that). Most prominently perhaps, to me, she is founder of the Gallery Tally project, of more than 600 (if not way more) volunteers from around the world, recording gender break-down of representing galleries worldwide, and making posters out of them, and presenting shows of the posters to boot. The project has garnered international attention and is ongoing (see gallerytally.tumblr.com and her website micolhebron.com for more). At any rate, very recently there was an article posted listing the “Top Ten Documentaries Every Art Lover Should Watch” where only two of the listed docs featured women (three if you count the husband/wife duo Charles and Ray Eames listed; and to note, #1 was Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, the only documentary about an artist of color listed along with Pablo Picasso, of Spanish decent) (Of course, if you’re in the arts, you know there is no shortage of articles/lists/collections/galleries that under and/or mis-represent artists who are women and/or minorities, see Maura Reilly’s article in ArtNews for one recent reference). Anyway, in a quick response to this latest slanted supposedly these are the best ten article, Micol pooled her resources—her hundreds of Gallery Tally volunteers—to query about documentaries about artists who are women, and posted this list in the group and on her Facebook page. With her permission, I’m posting this list (in no particular order), with a few sidenotes of my own… if you know of more, and/or if you’d like to write a note/review about one, send it to email@example.com .
Documentaries about women artists:
Sister Corita Kent:
Women Art Revolution:
Sally’s note: This is a must-see for anyone in the arts. It gives a nice, brief background about the enormous struggle of the 1960s-70s feminist art revolution and how/why it came about.
Sally’s note: This is a heart-wrenching, important story about a young woman who captured her soul on film. A must-see for anyone who can’t live a day without art, or is close to someone who can’t.
Our City Dreams, by Chiara Clemente
Joan Jonas, Study of the Artist with Dog“ by Brigitte Cornand
Joan Jonas, Reanimation
Pippa Bianco’s "Picturing Barbara Kruger”
Sally’s note: A great inside look at the amount of work it takes to be such a major artist as well as the strong-will to stick with your beliefs.
Who Does She Think She Is:
Sally’s note: A must-see for any contemporary artist, especially relatable for mothers/parents in the arts. It’s frustrating and definitely sad at times, but primary issue for so many artists that needs to be more aired and thus cause change.
Five African American Artists:
World of Art:
Paris was a Woman:
Anything by Agnes Varda
Pina Bausch: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CNuQVS7q7-A
The Story of Women in Art:
Learning to Swallow:
The Female Closet:
A Portrait of the Artist as an Old(er) Woman:
Documentary Series: Great Women Artists.“ Here’s one: Great Women Artists: Georgia O'Keeffe
Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party:
Sally’s note: I just watched this!! It is really spectacular to see and witness their authentic conversations about the artwork, process, feminism and careers. As head needleworker Susan Hill noted: “We’re not just documenting female history but also building a feminist approach to the world…” (Of course the first portion of the sentence is simplified but you get the point)… It’s just awesome to see so many women—and men!—work together, reading about women lost in history, and making this profound statement.
Judy Chicago and the California Girls:
Carolee Schneemann: Breaking the Frame
Reclaiming the Body: Feminist Art in America (1996)
Bloodwork: The Ana Mendieta Story
Faith Ringgold: The Last Story Quilt
What Remains: Sally Mann
Playing a Part: Claude Cahun
Niki De Sainte Phalle & Jean Tinguely:
Documentary Sanctuary about Lisa Gerrard
Lost In Living directed by Mary Trunk
www.maandpafilms.com/lostinliving, Lost In Living
Life of a Female Artist, reality TV style documentary
Lives of Artists, Not Wives of Artists
As if They Existed
Sally’s notes: Brilliant video portrait of artist Felicity Allen painting and having conversations with esteemed women in the artist such as Griselda Pollock and Anne Wagner, among others, about youth, art, feminism, painting and more. Shot with multi-angles and perspectives, and juxtaposed with art and ocean imagery, and conversations collaged at times, this is a true feminist project.
The Dinner Party: a tour of the exhibit by Judy Chicago
Darla Bjork by Candy Mar
Unpacking Heidi Mullins by Sol Haring
Nina Sobell Pioneer in Interactivity by Emily Hartzell
Barbara Meter Appearances by Tina Bastajian
Mots et cadeaux d'Odette Blavier by Liana Zanfrisco
#Real #Documentaries #Women #Art #LesFemmesFolles #Feminism #Gender #Diversity
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