Momentum is defined as the impetus or driving force gained by a course of events. The exhibition investigates the diverse voices of women artists, and the depth and breadth of work currently being created. Multiple generations of women's art are represented and within the selection are myriad formations of feminist thought and aesthetics. The works are also a testament to the drive that propelled them and their work forward... their experiences and their history.
Momentum not only describes the work being created by women artists in this exhibition, but also describes the Women's Caucus for Art itself. The Women's Caucus for Art was born out of the women's movement in the 1960-70s. In over 40 years it has gone through many changes and growing pains but has weathered the storm, and is standing taller, stronger than ever, more confident in its mission and beliefs. It understands that objects at rest stay at rest, but that objects in motion not only stay in motion, but affect everything that they come in contact with. The WCA is a moving object that is driven by the sheer passion, force and belief of over 1600 members. Our mission is to ensure the legacy of women in the arts, to promote women in the arts and to be an activist force that creates positive and long lasting change in our communities.
Momentum is part of WCA's Momentum: 40 Years of WCA Conference that takes place from February 22 to 25, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Women's Caucus for Art Conference is held in conjunction with the College Art Association (CAA) Conference. WCA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and an affiliate society of CAA.
Juror Rita Gonzalez, Associate Curator of LACMA, chose 97 women artists for Momentum with 52 works in Gallery 825 at the Los Angeles Art Association and an additional 56 featured in the Momentum catalog.
Gina Genis' photograph, Ceramic Ducks, from the Window Peeping series will be included in the exhibition catalog.