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anxiety

Separation Anxiety
Curated by Denise Johnson & Rebecca Trawick
October 11 – November 13, 2010
Artist's Roundtable: October 13, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception: October 13, 6:30 – 9:00pm

As significant numbers of women have entered the work force since the 1970s in response to shifting economic needs and the influence of the Feminist movement, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's long honored notion of the "Good Mother" and the demand that she blithely sacrifice all for the good of her children and family has been challenged and reevaluated. But as women have demanded a place within the domestic AND public realms, conservative groups have predictably lamented the decline of "family values." Within that cry, the child has often been portrayed as endangered and lost as mothers seek to redefine their roles and obligations. While far from being resolved, such debates are symptomatic of a cultural anxiety over the state of childhood and a realization that idealistic, largely unattainable notions of the family continue to be frankly reconsidered in the 21st century.

Drawing from the curator's own efforts to balance the demands of motherhood with creative and professional endeavors, Denise Johnson and Rebecca Trawick consider how contemporary artists have explored modern parenthood under the pressures of changing economies and evolving definitions of family hood. Artists in the exhibition explore the often unacknowledged worry and unease that all parents, traditional or not, must navigate. Through these investigations, cultural anxieties and debates over the definition of family, parenthood and childhood are explored in surprising and interesting ways. Participating artists include: Claudia Alvarez, Monica Bock, Erika DeVries, Leslie Dick, Elizabeth Douglas, Rebecca Edwards, Carol Flax, Haley Hasler, Connie Hatch, Ellina Kevorkian, Kate Kretz, M.A.M.A., Marco Rosales, Mark Stockton, Abbey Williams, and Jennifer Wroblewski.




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