21st Century Women

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June 08, 2019 - September 29, 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

The second in a two-part series featuring contemporary women artists, 21st Century Women focuses attention on works 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. Owing a debt to the groundbreaking women artists of the 1960s and 1970s, whose works tackled previously controversial social themes, are pieces responding to the recent political climate—notably the #MeToo movement, gender identity and self-representation, environmental concerns, disenfranchisement, and oppression. Other artists reexamine familiar themes including memory and nostalgia, domesticity and the family, mythology, connection to place, nature, and the landscape. Still others experiment with traditional and non-traditional materials and technology, incorporating elements such as texture, pattern, repetition, and abstraction, in individual and surprising ways.


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