The Feminine Canvas – 2011 is a feminist exhibition that focuses on contemporary
gender and body issues and questions the facade of gender identity. A costume party and
performances will be held Halloween weekend, using the tradition of dress-up as an opportunity
to assume whatever identity one chooses. Guests are encouraged to get into character and liberate
themselves from pressure to conform to a social norm or specific gender identity.
Where MOCA’s 2007 exhibition WACK! focused on the international foundation and legacy of
revolutionary feminist art, The Feminine Canvas – 2011 assumes a confident, contemporary
approach because feminists’ efforts of the past have made it possible. From the groundbreaking
“Feminine Mystique” that Betty Friedan wrote about in 1963, to the recent “Stange Stirring”
observations of Stephanie Coontz, The Feminine Canvas – 2011 reflects both men and women’s
contemporary struggles with constraints of gender identity. The work is at times shocking,
beautiful, witty, humorous, and historical. The exhibit will be supported with texts by notable Los
Angeles writers and conversations at the close.