Women Artists on the Leading Edge: Celebrating Douglass College at 100

Sep 03, 2019 - Mar 01, 2020
Focus Gallery

Douglass College was founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women. Inspired by Black Mountain College’s innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum, and the courses in avant-garde music taught by composer John Cage in New York in the late 1950s, the faculty and students at Douglass College created a center for avant-garde art that embraced Fluxus, Pop, performance, and experimentation. John Goodyear, Geoffrey Hendricks, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Semmel, and Robert Watts taught at Douglass in these years and mentored an impressive group of women artists. Drawn from the collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, this exhibition celebrates the achievements of Douglass’s alumnae and faculty, among them Alice Aycock, Joan Snyder, Mimi Smith, Linda Lindroth, and Joan Semmel.

This exhibition also celebrates the forthcoming publication Women Artists on the Leading Edge: Visual Arts at Douglass College by Rutgers Distinguished Professor Emerita Joan Marter, who was both a faculty member in these heady days and witness to the feminist revolution in the arts. The Zimmerli Art Museum will host a panel discussion and book signing on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to celebrate this new book.

This exhibition and the accompanying programs are organized by Austin Losada, Mellon Post-graduate Intern, Hannah Shaw, Graduate Curatorial Assistant, with funding from the Office of the Dean, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University Press, and the Zimmerli Art Museum’s Mellon Endowment Funds.