20/20: Twenty Women Artists of the Twentieth Century
September 24 – December 20, 2020
The centennial anniversary (1920-2020) of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the legal right to vote in the United States, presents an ideal opportunity to examine the visibility of women artists in museums. Despite gender biases rooted in previous centuries, the David Owsley Museum of Art has made and continues to make a deliberate effort to collect and display major works by women artists.
This exhibition presents a selection of paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and architectural drawings from the museum’s collection, along with loans from Ball State University Libraries' Drawings and Documents Archive, as a lens to more clearly view the accomplishments of twenty American women artists of local, regional, national, and international prominence.
The artists include both lesser known and famous women, such as Winifred Brady Adams, Betty Esman, Perle Fine, Grace Hartigan, Margo Hoff, Lee Krasner, and Joan Mitchell; Indiana’s first licensed female architect Juliet Peddle; photographers Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Imogen Cunningham, and Eva Rubinstein; sculptors Harriet Frishmuth and Toshiko Takaezu; as well as modern and contemporary artists Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer, Judy Ledgerwood, Irene Rice Periera, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker.
By focusing on these artists and making their work more visible to the public, we hope to redress a distorted historical record and present a clearer vision for a future in which women artists enjoy greater prestige. Please join us in fulfilling the Nineteenth Amendment’s promise by granting artists of the United States the right of representation in museum collections, regardless of gender.
Toshiko Takaezu, American (1922-2011), Moon Pot, 1980s, stoneware, pink and black glazes, Gift of the Artist 2006.013.005