The Power of the Female Gaze

The Power of the Female Gaze

May 19–September 3, 2017
Power of the Female Gaze


For centuries, the male gaze has dominated the history of art and of artists. The active, heroic male artist studies and paints the passive, beautiful female model. Even today, our movies, television shows, and advertising favor the heterosexual male perspective by offering up the female form as an alluring and sexualized object. Here, we seek to examine an alternative question: What does it look like when women artists depict women?

MAG is organizing a major exhibition of Tota’s work that will tour with International Arts & Artists starting in fall of 2018. Learn more

In honor of New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2017, this exhibition explores the power of the female gaze in creating potent and complex images of mothers, thinkers, vixens, heroes, creators, warriors, and agitators.

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above: Kara Walker, The Emancipation Approximation (scene 18), 1999-2000; Josephine Tota, Untitled (Self-portrait), 1987; Elizabeth Catlett, Harriet, 1975; Suzanne Gutherz Warriner Portrait of a Standing Woman (det), 1902.