9/13 – GC James Gallery events


Why not – feminist…? Linking Art Worlds through missed encounters
conversation Wed Sept 13, 6 – 7:30 pm


Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, “Zeichensignal (red),” 1980, Silkscreen on paper, 29.5 × 21 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and ChertLüdde, Berlin.




In the art scenes of state-socialist Eastern Europe, the topic of women’s art or feminist oeuvres is complex. Established truths reiterate the non-existence of such art practices or a feminist consciousness in those societies.

In this public exchange, Zanna Gilbert and Beata Hock explore their encounters with feminist archival remnants in the archives of Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt and Dóra Maurer. Neither artist identifies as feminist and the emerging canon of East European feminist art history does not usually mention them. What then, was the nature of these outliers’ engagement with feminism, and how did the backdrop of the state-socialist emancipation program shape this relation? How can we explore the gendered conditions of profuxtion without overdetermining a feminist framework? The conversation will explore gendered labor and the implicit biases affecting women artists and their work.

More information on this conversation and its participants is here.

This program is in partnership with Linking ArtWorlds, with support from Getty Research Institute and Terra Foundation.


Modern-ish: Yonia Fain and the Art History of Yiddishland, a project with artist Yevgeniy Fiks
Exhibition Opening and Reception
Wed September 13, 7:30-9pm


Yiddishland Museum of Modern Art logo. Courtesy Yevgeniy Fiks.


The exhibition Modern-ish traces a new path for modern art history, drawing on Eastern European Jewish refugee experience by focusing on modernist painter and Yiddish poet Yonia Fain (1913-2013).

Modern-ish proposes an outsider modern art history that accounts for the immigrant, uprooted, displaced, and resettled Jewish artists, originally from Eastern Europe and with strong connections to Yiddish language and culture. Bringing into focus artists who have been forgotten, neglected, or ignored by national art histories of their countries of origin (Lithuania, Poland, etc.) and of their newly adopted homes (US, etc.), Modern-ish forges a “Yiddish art history” that transcends and upends the borders of nation-states. Modern-ish is a critical intervention into global art history and national art historical narratives of the countries of Eastern Europe as it examines how the experiences of marginalized refugee artists shaped modernism.

The exhibition is on view September 14-December 9, 2023, Tuesday-Friday 12-6pm.

More information on this exhibition and opening reception is here and the artist Yevgeniy Fiks is here.



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