AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK
WOMEN.NOW / ONE MILLION & PRECARIOUS BALANCE

Artist talk: September 25, 2018, 6-7pm
Opening: September 25, 2019, 7-8pm
Exhibition: September 26, 2018 - February 18, 2019

Location: Austrian Cultural Forum - New York City, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022, USA

www.acfny.org



Artists on view:
Uli Aigner, Sevda Chkoutova, Adriana Czernin, Ines Doujak, Béatrice Dreux, Titanilla Eisenhart, Maria Hahnenkamp, Heidi Harsieber, Sabine Jelinek, Ellen Lesperance, Margot Pilz, Frenzi Rigling, Eva Schlegel, Claudia Schumann, Joan Semmel, Betty Tompkins, and Martha Wilson

Curated by Sabine Fellner

The group exhibition Women.Now showcases seventeen contemporary female artists based in Austria and the United States. On view at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York from September 26, 2018 to February 18, 2019, the show offers a powerful commentary on women’s role in society and the arts today. The works on display engage with a variety of topics, exploring historical narratives, questions of individual freedom, sexuality, craftsmanship, and cultural constructions. The media used range from painting and drawing to pottery and installation art.

Despite their evident diversity, the artworks featured in Women.Now share a concern for both the past and the present. As they negotiate their stance on the legacies of past (art) history and politics, these works are decidedly forward-looking in their examination of what these legacies imply for contemporary society. In the year 2018, a year recalling such momentous events as the women’s suffrage movement in Austria (1918) and the United States (1920) as well as the cultural upheavals of 1968, an exhibition dedicated to female artists - and to placing those into the mainstream who have been marginalized for so long - feels more appropriate than ever.








Uli Aigner / Art work description

“I started to craft porcelain vessels by myself. The vessels are chronologically numbered from 1 to 1,000,000. In each piece, shaped by my hands on the wheel, the serial numbers are engraved in the still soft porcelain.” For Women.Now, Aigner developed a new series that references Judy Chicago’s iconic The Dinner Party, first shown in 1979. Her photo piece, PRECARIOUS BALANCE, on display nearby, shows the artist herself in Chinese-inspired dress; in a gesture that pays tribute to a globalized world, she offers goblets as material evidence of the achievements of countless women. The goblets shown in the exhibit not only display a number, but also the names, dates of birth, and dates of death of Austrian women who have shaped their nation’s history and culture in the past, as well as the names of the artists participating in Women.Now.






Publication

View publication (preview)

colored pictures,
French brochure, 76 pages
Format 10,5 x 21 cm
published by Verlag Anton Pustet
978-3-7025-0938-5
Available in English


ONE MILLION – WOMEN.NOW EDITION – BY ULI AIGNER / 2018

49 porcelain goblets, names and dates of an expanding list of women, dead and alive, engraved.




IDA PFEIFFER (1797-1858)

Item 3000 / Globetrotter and travel writer. A selection of her ethnological and zoological collections is kept in the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art and the Natural History Museum Vienna


MARIE VON EBNER ESCHENBACH (1830-1916)

Item 3001 / Writer. First woman to receive the Austrian order of merit for art and science (1899).
Honorary degree from the University of Vienna (1900)


MARGARETE SCHÜTTE-LIHOTZKY (1897-2000)

Item 3002 / One of the first female Austrian architects, well-known for designing the Frankfurter Küche

ANNA FREUD (1895-1982)

Item 3003 / Psychoanalyst specializing in child analysis

ADELHEID POPP (1869-1939)

Item 3004 / Social democrat

BRONCIA KOLLER PINELL (1863-1934)

Item 3005 / Painter and patron of the arts

BERTHA VON SUTTNER (1843-1914)

Item 3006 / Writer and peace researcher. First woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (1905)

TINA BLAU (1845-1916)

Item 3007 / Painter

EUGENIE SCHWARZWALD (1872-1940)

Item 3008 / Pioneer in the education of girls and school founder

ROSA MAYREDER (1858-1938)

Item 300 / Feminist, cultural philosopher, and writer

VEZA CANETTI (1897-1963)

Item 3011 / WriterItem 3012

ANNA MAHLER (1904-1988)

Item 3012 / Sculptor

GABRIELE POSSANER(1860-1940)

Item 3013 / First female doctor in Austria

MARIANNE HAINISCH (1939-1936)

Item 3014 / Founder of the Austrian women’s movement

GRETE WIESENTHAL (1885-1970)

Item 3015 / Pioneer in dance

AUGUSTE FICKERT (1855-1910)

Item 3016 / Activist in the women’s movement

FANNY VON ARNSTEIN (1758-1818)

Item 3017 / Salonnière during the Congress of Vienna

MADAM D’ORA – DORA KALLMUS (1881-1963)

Item 3018 / Photographer of the cultural landscape of the 1920s

TRUDE FLEISCHMANN (1895-1990)

Item 3019 / Pioneer in portrait and nude photography

KÄTHE LEICHTER (1895-1942)

Item 3020 / Founder and leader of the Viennese Chamber of Labor’s Department for Women’s Affairs

ALICE SCHALEK (1874-1956)

Item 3021 / Journalist, photographer, writer, and war reporter

SIR GALAHAD – BERTHA ECKSTEIN DIENER (1874-1948)

Item 3022 / Author of the bestseller, Mütter und Amazonen (“Mothers and Amazons”)

MARIA LASSNIG (1919-2014)

Item 3023 / Artist

BIRGIT JÜRGENSSEN (1949-2003)

Item 3024 / Artist

BERTHA ZUCKERKANDL-SZEPS (1864-1945)

Item 3025 / Writer, translator, publicist, and art critic

INGEBORG BACHMANN (1926-1973)

Item 3026 / Writer

TERESA FEODOROWNA RIES (1874-1956)

Item 3027 / Sculptor

SABINE JELINEK (1969-)

Item 3028 / Artist

EVA SCHLEGEL (1960-)

Item 3029 / Artist

MARIA HAHNENKAMP (1959-)

Item 3030 / Artist

MARGOT PILZ (1936-)

Item 3031 / Artist

ADRIANA CZERNIN (1969-)

Item 3032 / Artist

CLAUDIA SCHUMANN (1963-)

Item 3033 / Artist

SEVDA CHKOUTOVA (1978-)

Item 3034 / Artist

ULI AIGNER (1965-)

Item 3035 / Artist

INES DOUJAK (1959-)

Item 3036 / Artist

TITANILLA EISENHART (1961-)

Item 3037 / Artist

BEATRICE DREUX (1972-)

Item 3038 / Artist

FRENZI RIGLING (1958-)

Item 3039 / Artist

HEIDI HARSIEBER (1948-)

Item 3040 / Artist

MARTHA WILSON (1947-)

Item 3041 / Artist

BETTY TOMPKINS (1945-)

Item 3042 / Artist

JOAN SEMMEL (1932-)

Item 3043 / Artist

ELLEN LESPERANCE (1971-)

Item 3044 / Artist

JOHANNA DOHNAL (1939-2010)

Item 3045 / Austria’s first Minister for Women

BERTA PAPPENHEIM (ANNA O.) (1859-1936)

Item 3046 / Social worker, writer, publicist, and translator

MARIE LANG (1858-1934)

Item 3047 / Social reformer and functionary of the General Austrian Women's Association

HILDE SPIEL (1911-1990)

Item 3048 / Writer, translator, and journalist

SABINE FELLNER (1959-)

Item 3049 / Curator, art historian, and historian