Breaking in Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood
exhibition presented at Santa Monica Art Studios: Arena 1
as part of the Getty Foundation Research Initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980
curated by Bruria Finkel and filmed by Sabine Sighicelli
Breaking in Two is the first comprehensive exhibition of work by women artists who are mothers where the work itself integrates the maternal experience, the relationship to the body, the child, the family, and the society at large. The exhibition featured a multi‐cultural group of four generations of nationally and internationally recognized artist‐mothers selected to represent the multi‐faceted and changing realities of motherhood. Curator Bruria Finkel, herself an artist, asserts that “the subject of motherhood was taboo in the art world in the 70’s; women artists were advised not to disclose their motherhood status for it might interfere with their ability to progress in the art world.”
Breaking in Two explored the intimate and sensuous experience of the artist as mother, and the evolving image and place of the mother, which underwent huge transformations during the post-war years and especially during the Women’s Movement of the late 60s and 70s-transformations that have impacted the very fabric of our culture today. Breaking in Two included various trends and styles of painting and drawing, sculpture, collage and assemblage, installation, photography, film/video, performance art, and poetry/writing.
The participating artists included: Abeles Kim, Albuquerque Lita, Antin Eleanor, Asselin Michele, Buchanan Nancy, Callis Jo Ann, Dallal Joyce, Finkel Bruria, Garcia Margaret, Gaulke Cheri, Gearon Tierney, Hernandez Judithe, Horwitz Channa, Jacobi Katherine, Kelly Mary, Lazzari Margaret, *Liss Andrea PhD, **M.A .M. A, McCarty Kim, Moss MaryLinda, **Mother Art, Mueller Sandra, Petropoulos Renee, **Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence, Preston Astrid, Saar Betye, Saar Alison, Saar Lezley, Saar Agustsson Sola, Santo Reva, Sher Sylvia, *Shimshon Santo Amy PhD, Siff Mary Elena, Simons Silver Simon, Vallejo Linda, Wayne June, Weisberg Ruth, and Yasuda Kim.