Rowan University Art Gallery

Joyce Kozloff: Cradles to Conquests, Mapping American MIlitary History

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 29, 5 - 7 pm

Joyce Kozloff's debut solo exhibition in New Jersey, which references imagined and historical military events through the veil of decorative arts, begins the new year at Rowan University Art Gallery. Running from January 21 through March 15, the exhibit is welcomed with a gallery talk by the artist and reception on Wednesday, January 29 at 5 pm.


Cradles to Conquests: Mapping American Military History is a selection of Kozloff's work completed between 2000 and 2010, curated by gallery director Mary Salvante. The intention is to dramatize and make poignant the militaristic emergence and growth of the United States through the lens of its military engagements and exploits in the name of expansion and national interests.


The works utilize collage, cartography and mapping as an extension of Joyce's decorative arts sensibilities and her work as a feminist anti-war activist. The artist adds an ironic twist by employing approaches widely viewed as "gender-specific" (appliqué, weaving, pattern, decorative) in order to challenge and question the authority of a patriarchal culture.


Kozloff, a New Jersey native and a major figure in both the Pattern and Decoration and the Feminist art movements of the 1970s, began to focus on public art in 1979. She expanded the scale of her installations and the accessibility of her art to reach a wider audience and, since the early 1990s, has utilized mapping as a device for expressing her interests in history, culture, politics and the decorative and popular arts. She's had solo exhibitions at the DC Moore Gallery in New York; Trout Gallery at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania; Spazio Thetis in Venice, Italy; and Regina Gouger Miller Gallery of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, National Museum of Women in the Arts, MoMA P.S.1, Vancouver Art Gallery and The Jewish Museum in New York. Recently, her work was included in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's The Map as Art.


The works included in the exhibition are courtesy of the artist and DC Moore gallery and several private collectors. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.