Re:Generation, aims to connect the 1970’s feminist art movement with the work of contemporary female artists hailing from Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Tunisia, and the United States. This new exhibition asserts an intrinsic distinctiveness to the work of these artists; each piece is a testament to the artist’s desire to develop a means of speaking through her work, whether she is untangling her own cultural history, grappling with a social and political landscape that surrounds her, or aiming to relay an intangible emotional reality.
Re:Generation originated at Douglass College in 2005 as a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the of the school’s Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series initiated by Joan Snyder in 1971. Originally, the Women Artist Series provided a much-needed venue for women artists not being shown elsewhere, while also exposing students to the groundbreaking work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Ida Applebroog, Faith Ringgold and Nancy Spero. Today the series renews its interrogation of the questions: Is there still a need for women-only shows? Are women’s voices being heard? Which women are able to tell their stories and which women are not? For the 35th anniversary Joan Snyder asked her daughter, Molly Snyder-Fink, a documentary filmmaker, to collaborate with her in this examination of feminist art today.