The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1990
Nasher Museum of Art
Durham, North Carolina
This survey of leading women artists examines the crucial feminist contribution to the development of deconstructivism in the 1970s and 1980s. As the term suggests, deconstructivism involved taking apart and examining source material, generally borrowed from the mass media, to expose the ways commercial images reveal the mechanisms of power. Women had a particularly high stake in this kind of examination and were disproportionately represented among artists who practiced it. The exhibition includes 68 photographs, prints, paintings, videos, and installations by 22 artists and one artist’s collaborative.