The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.

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Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 2014, 7-9pm

The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona. is an examination of the uses of narrative in contemporary art by women. The exhibition of works in drawing, painting, video and new media reveal the continued power of storytelling in art today, and the myriad forms it takes.

The desire on the part of the artist to tell a story, and on the part of the viewer to glean one – in painting, photography, video, performance and more – is irresistible to the human spirit. To recognize the prevalence of narrative in art of the moment, Girls’ Club presents The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona., an exhibition of works by more than thirty artists from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz that invite the viewer to experience a singular isolated moment, an evocative backdrop or a deeply imagined character, sometimes a combination of two or more. Mostly the work of female contemporary artists, many of the stories channel archetypal narratives from mythology and fairy tales. Others examine contemporary relationships across a vast range from sober examinations of self and environment to high melodramas.

Public programming throughout the year include artists talks, workshops, experimental theatre, readings and other events involving the public in the dynamic occupation of storytelling.

The Catalog

Designed by Jill Weisberg of Shrift & Farbe Design Group, a full color catalog will feature an introduction from creative director Michelle Weinberg and gallery director Sarah Michelle Rupert, a series of poems from writer-in-residence Laura McDermott and interventions from artists Lisa Sanditz, Carolyn Swiszcz, Yanira Colado, and a collaborative project from Amalia Caputo and Marina Font.

The Artists

Nina Chanel Abney Ida Applebroog Leandra Arvazzetti Hernan Bas Sanford Biggers Leah Brown Delia Brown Sophie Calle Amy Cutler Melanie Daniel Scott Daniel Ellison LaToya Ruby Frazier Anna GaskellJackie Gendel Kate Gilmore Aramis Gutierrez Marcella Hackbardt Jane Hammond Mona Hatoum Vera Iliatova Chantal Joffe Rosemary Laing Natalya Laskis Jillian Mayer Wangechi Mutu Lori NixChristina Pettersson Paco Pomet Faith Ringgold Lisa Sanditz Alessandra Sanguinetti Kanako Sasaki Onajide Shabaka Dasha Shishkin Carolyn Swiszcz Alison Elizabeth Taylor Su-en Wong Katharina Wulff

The exhibition and catalog are made possible by Funding Arts Broward, Broward County Cultural Division and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.