The conceptual framework of this show provides a rare opportunity for visitors to engage with one of the most significant works in MAM’s permanent collection: Kara Walker’s cut-paper silhouette work entitled Virginia’s Lynch Mob (1998)—last on view at the Montclair Art Museum in 2018. This monumental work exemplifies the central tenets of Taking Space, which invites dialogues across history, generations, geographies, and media, as well as around the political impulses of these female artists who claim intellectual and physical spaces.
Mequitta Ahuja (b. 1976). A Real Allegory of Her Studio, 2015. Oil on canvas, 80 x 96 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. PAFA 2017.47.
Nanette Carter (b. 1954). Illuminations #28, 1988. Oil pastel on black paper, frame: 43 3/4 x 59 1/2 x 2 in. object (overall): 39 7/8 x 55 1/2 in. Museum purchase; Samuel Wilde Fund, 1988.10.
Barbara Kruger (b. 1945). Untitled (Seeing Through You), 2004-05. Color photograph, Ed. Of 10, 72 x 62 in. Montclair Art Museum Museum purchase; Acquisition Fund, 2006.11.
Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota, b. 1976). She Gives (Quiet Strength VII), 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 84 x 120 in. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. PAFA 2020.17.
Kara Walker (b. 1969). Virginia’s Lynch Mob, 1998. Cut-paper and adhesive wall installation. Installation dimensions variable; approx. 112 x 444 in. Montclair Art Museum. Museum Purchase; Centennial Fund. 2016.9. Photo courtesy of Peter Jacobs.
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Horowitz 19th and 20th Century Fund for American Art
Lyn and Glenn Reiter Endowed Special Exhibition Fund
Christine James and Nick De Toustain
Margo and Frank Walter
Cynthia Corhan-Aitken and Murray Aitken
Ann and Mel Schaffer
Cheryl and Marc Slutzky
Joan and Donald Zief
Women’s Club of Caldwell
All MAM programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Vance Wall Foundation, Partners for Health Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.