WSRC, Epstein Building
515 South Street, Waltham
(across from Brandeis/Roberts
commuter rail station)
9 - 5 pm
or by appointment
Opening Reception | Thursday, June 5, 5-7 pm
WALKING, 1980-2011, oil on linen, 84 x 72"
The Women’s Studies Research Center presents a survey of works by feminist artist Juanita McNeely that span more than 40 years. Unabashed in her vision of woman that is both sensual and macabre, McNeely portrays her monumental figures with a visceral dexterity.
McNeely moved to New York City in 1967 in the midst of the rising tide of Second-wave Feminism. That same year abortion was made legal in Britain, President Johnson’s affirmative action policy expanded to cover discrimination based on sex, Valerie Solanas published her infamous SCUM Manifesto, and Women’s Liberation groups continued to spring up all over the country.
Through being an artist, McNeely had already discovered what was important to her as a woman in the late 20th century, and the awareness of her own female body, speaking out, and activism have always been at the core of her practice.Indomitable Spirit embodies all the energy, courage, and forthrightness that it took to challenge how the world views women and their roles in society. Bold and outspoken, McNeely tackles the taboos that surround women’s bodies. She is uncompromising in depicting the universal themes of life, death, blood and childbirth, and draws in the viewer with unreserved dynamism.
McNeely has had twenty-four solo exhibitions, the most recent in NY at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in Chelsea. This spring her work was seen in Painters of Modern Life at The Box Gallery in Los Angeles. She has exhibited at the Queens Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Gemeentmuseum in The Hague, among other venues. McNeely received numerous awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Gottlieb Foundation, the NY Council for the Arts, the Ellin P. Speyer Prize at the National Academy Museum, and she is on the Honor Roll of Women Artists of the 2nd Wave Feminist Revolution, 1966-1980.McNeely's work is in the collection of the St. Louis Art Museum, the National Museum of Art in Taiwan and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, among others. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, ARTnews, Arts Magazine, Art in America, The Nation, with featured articles in New York Magazine and the Woman’s Art Journal. The latter also included a biographical account in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue, one of many citations in feminist scholarship. Her work can be seen permanently in the two primary archives of feminist artists in this country: the Brooklyn Museum’s Feminist Art Virtual Data Base, and in the Virtual Exhibit “40 years of Women Artists,” of Rutgers University’s Institute for Women and Art.
This exhibition is made possible thanks to support from the Natalie Marcus Endowment for the Arts.
Gallery Talk | Thursday, September 18, 2:30 pm
Artist & Art Historian Sharyn Finnegan will speak about Juanita's work and career. Juanita McNeely will join the lecture via skype.