21st Century Women

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June 08, 2019 - December 15, 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

The second in a two-part series featuring contemporary women artists, this exhibition focuses attention on pieces created between 2000 and 2018. Today’s artists continue to push beyond conventional notions of subject matter, materials, and methods of artmaking, reflecting the diverse complexity of the 21st century. Many of the works on view offer insight into the recent political climate—notably the #MeToo movement, gender identity and self-representation, environmental concerns, disenfranchisement, and oppression—and owe a debt to the groundbreaking women of the 1960s and 1970s, whose art also tackled controversial social themes. A number of artists reexamine familiar topics including memory and nostalgia, domesticity and the family, mythology, connection to place, and the landscape. Still others concentrate on the formal possibilities inherent in traditional and alternative materials—such as graphite, ink, paper, and rubber—creating alluring works of remarkable artistry.

Currently, museums around the country are re-evaluating their exhibition programs and collections to better reflect the demographics of their communities, as well as the larger population. HoMA continues to support a diversity of viewpoints, and 21st Century Women is one of a number of current and upcoming shows devoted to women artists. See works by such internationally recognized figures such as Nancy Grossman, Ann Hamilton, Julie Mehretu, Nancy Rubins, and Kiki Smith, along with work by current and former Hawai‛i-based artists Eli Baxter, C.B. Forsythe, Yumiko Glover, Roberta Griffith, Renee Iijima, Kapulani Landgraf, Hiroko Sakurai, Domenica Sattler, Lauren Trangmar, and Yida Wang.


Fay Ku (American, born 1974)
Bitch is Golden/Gold Hyena, 2010
Gold metallic watercolor on black Stonehenge paper
Gift of the Estate of James "Jay" Jensen, 2018 (2018‑5‑28)
Image reproduced courtesy H Gallery, Paris

Julie Mehretu (American, born Ethiopia 1970)
Entropia (construction), 2005
Lithograph with Gampi chine collé on Somerset Satin paper
Printed by Cole Rogers of Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis, MN
Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and purchase (TCM.2007.4)
© Julie Mehretu