Through Her Eye
A Mana Contemporary exhibition in collaboration with ArtLeadHER and International Sculpture Center
September 23, 2018–February 16, 2019
Through Her Eye is an exhibition of work by female-identifying artists who use textiles to deconstruct the intersection of art, craft, and the decorative, and to explore marginalization, labor, and class. Both celebrating and problematizing “women’s work,” Through Her Eye situates a traditional methodology in a contemporary setting.
Organized by Mana Contemporary Curatorial Director Ysabel Pinyol with ArtLeadHER founder Mashonda Tifrere, and featuring works shortlisted for International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, Through Her Eye reflects both Mana Contemporary’s commitment to working across mediums and ArtLeadHER’s pledge to defeat sexism in the creative industries. It also echoes the importance of fiber art to Chicago’s visual heritage, and to its highly diverse community of artists and makers.
Nelly Agassi, Candida Alvarez, Samantha Bittman, Jenna Boyles, Layo Bright, Jude Broughan, Katie Coughlin, Sabba Elahi, Dianna Frid, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Zhen Guo, Maria Guzman Capron, Aram Han Sifuentes, Mariel Harari, Elana Herzog, Elnaz Javani, Hein Koh, Melissa Leandro, Meg Leary, Joan Livingstone, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Erica Mendoza, Brenna K. Murphy, Sophia Narrett, Natani Notah, Olek, Elaine Reichek, Karen Reimer, Hannah Taylor, Anne Wilson, Stacia Yeapanis
ArtLeadHER is a platform dedicated to celebrating women in the art world and encouraging young women pursuing careers in the visual arts through events and arts education. ArtLeadHER encourages camaraderie among female art connoisseurs, buyers and collectors. By pairing underexposed female artists with their established contemporaries, artists are given the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and grow.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE CENTER
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, non-profit organization founded in 1960 to advance the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique and vital contribution to society. ISC programming includes awards to lifetime and student sculptors and patrons and educators, ISConnects, the website sculpture.org, conferences and symposia, publication of Sculpture magazine and ISC Press books, and membership services to sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums—anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture.
(1) Aram Han Sifuentes, We Are Never Never Other, 2018. PVC-coated vinyl. 137 1/3 x 264 in. Installation view: Through Her EyeMana Contemporary Chicago, September 23, 2018–February 16, 2019. Photo: Michael Sullivan / On The Real Film
(2) Hein Koh, Eye Mouth Tongue, 2017. Acrylic, fiberfill, glitter, spandex, string, and vinyl. 92 x 54 x 12 in. Photo: Courtesy of the artist
(3) Elaine Reichek, Sampler (As You Like It), 2001. Hand embroidery on linen. 29 1/8 x 18 3/8 in. Photo: Steven Evans
(4) Sophia Narrett, See You in Hell, 2017. Embroidery thread and fabric. 8 1/2 x 18 in. Photo: Courtesy of the artist
(5) Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Collapsing Into One, 2012–16. Wool, cotton, canvas, vinyl, and dye on Belgian linen. 60 x 48 in. Photo: Lara Kastner