Francesca Woodman, Segno Magazine, 1978: From the Archives...
In the summer of 1978, Francesca Woodman’s photograph “Space 2” was featured in the Italian contemporary art magazine “Segno.” In the accompanying text, she explained that her original idea for the image came from her desire to illustrate literary metaphors but evolved over a group of photographs into a kind of story following a figure who explores these metaphors.
Francesca Woodman in "Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s," Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, May 19-June 24, 2022
As part of an extensive international exhibition tour, “Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s” opens today at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia. Organized by the Sammlung Verbund and drawing on works from their in-depth collections, the exhibition presents photography, video, film and performance by seventy-eight pioneering female artists of the 1970s, including photographs by Francesca Woodman. On view through June 24th.
Francesca Woodman in "Women and Change," Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, February 5-August 15, 2022
“Women and Change” at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark considers unfolding depictions of women in Western art history over the past 150 years, a period that roughly parallels the history of the women’s rights movement. The exhibition presents works by 64 international artists that challenge ideas about the body, gender, identity and history, including Francesca Woodman’s “Caryatid” (1980).
Francesca Woodman, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1980: From the Archives...
Born on this day in 1958 in Boulder, Colorado, Francesca Woodman lived and worked in Providence, Rhode Island, Rome and New York City. Here she is on a summer day at the Coney Island boardwalk.
OPENING TOMORROW Francesca Woodman in "girls girls girls," Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland, April 2-October 30, 2022
Francesca Woodman in “girls girls girls” at Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland. On view April 2 through October 30, 2022. Curated by Simone Rocha.
“The Lady of the Glove: Francesca Woodman and Surrealism" by Celia Bùi Lê
We are pleased to share “The Lady of the Glove: Francesca Woodman and Surrealism” by Celia Bùi Lê, who was our research intern this past summer through the Studio Institute. In her essay, Lê traces the history of Surrealism as related to women, both as maker and as muse, and discusses Woodman’s use of its tropes as a type of creative empowerment.
NOW OPEN Francesca Woodman in "A Century of the Artist's Studio: 1920-2020," Whitechapel Gallery, London, February 24-June 5, 2022
Francesca Woodman in “A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920-2020.” Whitechapel Gallery, London. February 24 through June 5, 2022.
A note to say "Thank you"
Deep thanks to our friends and supporters whose generosity and insights made “Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories” at Marian Goodman Gallery such a success: the talented Marian Goodman team; the scholars, curators and artists who shared their perceptive contributions to the video vignettes; the boundlessly inspiring Brooklyn Rail team and fellow panelists; the journalists and critics who wrote and spoke so movingly; the many viewers and followers for their continued interest in and openness to new facets of Woodman’s work. And to Francesca Woodman for creating a singular body of work that continues to captivate and invite. Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!
Elisabeth Sussman on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery New York
On the occasion of "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery commissioned eight video vignettes by an array of art historians, curators, and artists, each whom brought their own perspective to Woodman’s work and the exhibition currently on view. In this video, Elisabeth Sussman, the Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, contextualizes Woodman's work within the framework of its era.
"Alternate Stories: Francesca Woodman" Panel hosted by the Brooklyn Rail: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Watch the “Alternate Stories: Francesca Woodman” panel event hosted by The Brooklyn Rail in conjunction with the exhibition closing tomorrow at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. A conversation featuring Katarina Jerinic, Corey Keller, Lissa McClure, Elisabeth Sussman, and Lyle Rexer.
Rosalind Krauss on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
On the occasion of “Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories,” Marian Goodman Gallery commissioned eight video vignettes by an array of art historians, curators, and artists, each whom brought their own perspective to Woodman’s work and the exhibition currently on view. In this video, Rosalind Krauss, art critic and theorist and Columbia University professor, discusses her initial responses to Woodman’s photographs when co-curating the retrospective exhibition at Hunter and Wellesley Colleges in 1986. She advocates for the formal power and intelligence of Woodman’s work, then and still today.
The shroud, Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Francesca Woodman’s engagement with the figure was not only connected to re-interpretations of classical art, but also reflective of the art of her time. In the 1970s—when Woodman made much of her work as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design—artists from Hannah Wilke to Bruce Nauman were concerned with representations of the body and self, stemming from wide-ranging concerns about its relationship to cultural and physical space. Here Woodman uses the shroud - as plaster cast or embroidered sheet - in two series’ of images to alternately hide and reveal the figure’s form, in both sculptural and perfomative ways.