SCHAPIRO, “Female Concerns,” 1976-77


Color lithograph with textile and paper collage, 18 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches, in plexiglass box

Newport Harbor Art Museum, #F214, rental gallery
Mitzi Landau Gallery, c 1976-77 (“Collaboration Series”)

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Miriam Schapiro (American 1923-2015)

“A decade of personal and political struggle with feminist issues crystallized in Schapiro’s pioneering and collaborative involvement in Womanhouse. Co-directing the Feminist Art Program with Judy Chicago in 1970, together they began the school year involving students in a project to allow them to project their dreams and fantasies by creating an exclusively female environment in an old house. After renovating the building they transformed it with performance and art dealing with specifically feminist issues as a means of restructuring their identities as women artists in a patriarchal art world. Schapiro has given the history of women’s ‘covert’ art a brightly lit showcase. Once-tabooed scraps; sequins, buttons, threads, rickrack, spangles, yarn; silk, taffeta, cotton, burlap, and wool, excavated from musty attics and dredged from dark closets of art history are assembled and coordinated with emotional and creative thought into ‘femmages.’ Schapiro reeducates us about a history of buried art, women’s art.”                                                 Elise LaRose


Tamarind Fellowship

Ford Foundation Grant

National Endowment of the Art

Yaddo Felllowship


State University of Iowa

Parsons School of Design, NYC

University of California

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia.


Museum of Modern Art, N. Y.

Whitney Museum

Hirshhorn Museum

Santa Barbara Museum of Art


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