Brooklyn Museum has added 96 works by female artists to it’s collection.
The museum marked the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art (not the branch of the Sackler family which has been accused of profiting from addictive pharmaceuticals) with a year long celebration of groundbreaking feminist exhibitions: A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum. The programme included We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85; Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern; Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making; and, reversing the norms of a traditional life drawing class, Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller.
Adding work by many of the artists who participated in A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, acquisitions include Marilyn Minter, Betye Saar, Miriam Schapiro, Betty Tompkins, the Guerrilla Girls and many more.
Anne Pasternak, Museum Director, said:
“The Brooklyn Museum is excited to have added numerous works from ancient times to the present to its collection over the past year and, after a concerted effort to broaden our historic narratives, among them are nearly a hundred works by women artists, all of whom have contributed significantly to our times,”
The collection now includes works by African American artists made during 1960’s to 1980’s, Feminist art, and work by Latin American artists as well as contemporary works. works which cover previously unaddressed themes of slavery and it’s impact, gender, and race and oppression.