Rowan University Art Gallery
Rowan University Art Gallery West at Westby Hall
The Sister Chapel: An Essential Feminist Collaboration
March 28 - June 30, 2016
Gallery West will be open by appointment only begining May 9th.
Please call 856-256-4521 to schedule an appointment.
The Sister Chapel, a historic collaborative installation created at the height of the women’s art movement, opens at Rowan University Art Gallery West for its first public exhibition since 1980. After an absence of more than thirty-five years, the components of The Sister Chapel will be fully reunited in the Rowan University Art Gallery West. To celebrate the return of this powerful work of contemporary art, Maureen Connor’s previously unrealized tent enclosure is being fabricated.
Conceived by Ilise Greenstein in 1974 and first exhibited in 1978, The Sister Chapel embraced the cooperative spirit of the women’s art movement. Using a nominal pun on Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling, Greenstein issued a feminist challenge to the patriarchal conceptualization of history. In contrast to her male predecessor, she envisioned a nonhierarchical, secular commemoration of female role models from a female perspective; thus, The Sister Chapel invited viewers to reconsider familiar and often unconscious presumptions about gender roles and women’s achievements.
Between 1974 and 1977, Greenstein was joined by 12 other women whose individual contributions shaped the character and appearance of The Sister Chapel. In its final form, the installation consisted of Greenstein’s eighteen-foot abstract ceiling suspended above a circular arrangement of eleven nine-foot canvases, each depicting the standing figure of a heroic woman. The choice of subject was left entirely to the creator of each work. As a result, the paintings form a visually cohesive group without diminishing the individuality of the artists.
Contemporary and historical women, deities, and conceptual figures are featured, including Bella Abzug - the Candidate, a portrait of the American Congresswoman and social reformer, painted by Alice Neel; Betty Friedan as the Prophet, a portrayal of the influential author of The Feminine Mystique, by June Blum; Marianne Moore, the American poet, by Betty Holliday; Frida Kahlo, the celebrated Mexican artist, by Shirley Gorelick; Artemisia Gentileschi, the seventeenth-century Italian Baroque artist, by May Stevens; Joan of Arc, the sainted fifteenth-century French military heroine, by Elsa M. Goldsmith; Lilith, the rebellious first wife of Adam, by Sylvia Sleigh; God, a female manifestation of the creator of the universe, by Cynthia Mailman; Durga, the powerful Hindu goddess, by Diana Kurz; Womanhero, a conceptual embodiment of female strength and power, by Martha Edelheit; and Self-Portrait as Superwoman (Woman as Culture Hero) by Sharon Wybrants.
Rowan University Art Gallery at High Street
J. Pascoe: Bodies without Organs
April 27 - July 16, 2016
Reception and Gallery Talk
Wednesday, April 27, 5 - 7 pm
the talk will begin at 6 pm
Work created by J. Pascoe, the 2016 Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Art at Rowan University, is showcased in the exhibition Bodies Without Organs.
In this collection of new work, Pascoe explores the perceptions we have - accurate or not - of ourselves and other human bodies. Through the use of found materials, video, diffraction grating, book structures, and paint, the work prompts the questions “What do I see when I look at other people?” or “What do I look at when I see other people?”
Through its use of light and line the work reveals how we are more than surface impressions and points to differences between looking and seeing. In attempting to capture impressions of strangers in crowds, large groups of people, or other tableaux, the work shows that there can still be worthwhile moments therein, despite the fleeting nature of such experiences.
Pascoe, an artist living and working in Philadelphia, has spent the last several years creating work centered on how social settings and urban spaces are navigated by the general public, as well as her own anxiety and discomfort from interactions originating at these sites. Her finished work often takes form on paper as prints or artist books and zines with occasional site-specific or temporary installations. Pascoe was part of a collaborative artist residency program in Slovenia in 2014 and, more recently, was a visiting artist at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She also has participated in the PULP ATLAS traveling book arts show that visited various locations, including Philadelphia, Scotland, Los Angeles, and New York. She received her B.F.A. in Intermedia from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon (2004) and her M.F.A. in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (2013). To see more of her work, visit www.jpascoe.com.
Admission to gallery events are always free and open to the public.
Artist in Residence Application is now available here. Deadline to apply is April 22, 2016
If you are visiting the gallery at Westby Hall please be sure to stop at the visitors gate, located on rt 322 in the center of campus. They will direct you to the free parking lot. It is a shortwalk from there to Westby Hall.
If you are visiting the High Street Gallery at 301 High Street, free public parking is available on High Street and neighboring streets. Municipal parking areas are available off Lake Street (behind Little Beefs Deli) and near the Barnes and Noble shopping complex between New Street and Rowan Blvd.
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ABOUT THE GALLERY
Rowan University Art Gallery now has two locations. Our campus based gallery will remain at Westby Hall and our new gallery is at 301 High Street in downtown Glassboro. The Galleries at Rowan serve as a premier cultural destination for South Jersey, the Rowan community, and surrounding region. As a center for contemporary art by emerging and established professional artists from the region, nation, and global community, the gallery is committed to presenting the most current in contemporary art practices. Find out more about the Rowan University Art Gallery at NPR's Friday Arts.
Gallery Hours, academic year:
Both galleries are closed on election day, Thanksgiving weekend, between Christmas and New Years, and all other NJ state holidays. Gallery West is also closed during University Winter and Spring Breaks, and during the summer months.
Directions and Accessibility
Rowan University Art Gallery / 301 High Street. Located on the south east side of campus in downtown Glassboro. Follow directions above, but remain on Rt. 55 until exit 48. At the end of the exit ramp make a left on to Ellis Avenue and take that 1.8 miles to the intersection of High Street and Ellis. The gallery is located on the opposite north west corner of High Street and Mick Drive.
The galleries are wheelchair accessible. For patrons requiring additional services please contact the Director at the listing below.
Mary Salvante, Gallery and Exhibitions Program Director