GirlTalk: Women and Text explores the construct of language, its persistent ambiguity and shifting character in the age of new media. Featured work represents a diverse range of artistic styles ranging from political textiles to large scale installations that employ portions of texts as building blocks. This exhibition takes its title from common nomenclature; “girl talk” is a term that emerged in the 1990s to describe a sense of belonging and conversations between women.
GirlTalk brings together nine women artists, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Dana Frankfort, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Marilyn Minter, Monique Prieto, Kay Rosen, Kim Rugg, and Maya Schindler. Combining seminal figures and younger artists, GirlTalk does not follow a chronological perspective, establishing instead a series of dialogues between different generations and perspectives. Zigzagging across distant cultural landscapes, the exhibition exposes avant-garde practices and highlights international affinities, which indirectly question the centrality of painting, art history, and language paradigms.
CAM Raleigh Executive Director Elysia Borowy-Reeder says, “Raleigh and the Triangle as a geographic area has a deep interest in design and the construct of language. Our partnership with NC State's College of Design (one of two places in the U.S. to offer a PhD in Design) allows us to have a vast community of artists, writers, designers, and creative people who use creativity to drive commerce. Our community needs to always be looking for new forms of expression and art is the ultimate medium for inspiration.”