Girls' Night Out
Girls' Night Out brings together the work
of an international and intergenerational group of women
artists whose works in photography and video reflect a
new approach to issues of femininity and identity. The
artists in Girls' Night Out create works that possess
a quasi- documentary feel and a directness of approach
as they engage with such classical art genres as self-portraiture,
portraiture (especially featuring young women in the passage
from girlhood to adulthood), and landscape. Some of their
shared themes include provocative inquiries into youth
culture, new notions of beauty, ethnographic techniques
mixed with fashion devices, and an interest in journalistic
aspects of the media. Formally rigorous and aesthetically
resolved, this seemingly traditional imagery is infused
by lyricism and psychological complexity.
The historical context for Girls' Night Out is
found in the photography, film, and performance art of
the 1970s and 1980s, which addressed social and political
themes, often through provocative satire or irony. The
open, fluid approach to gender and sexuality evident in
the works in Girls' Night Out is informed by the
pioneering conceptual and aesthetic stance of earlier
artists but also represents a significant rupture with
it. This new work confidently explores female identity
without the need to challenge or critique feminine archetypes.
The resulting imagery is as uncertain, contradictory,
and filled with possibility as the adolescents these artists
Girls' Night Out was organized by the Orange
County Museum of Art and was curated by Deputy Director
of Programs and Chief Curator Elizabeth Armstrong and
Contemporary Museum Director, Irene Hofmann. Girls'
Night Out ends its national tour in Baltimore after
travelling to the Orange County Museum of Art, the Addison
Art Gallery, Andover, Massachusetts; Aspen Art Museum,
Colorado; Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis; and
the Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University
Girls' Night Out is accompanied by a 132-page
catalogue published by the Orange County Museum of Art.
This beautifully illustrated full-color catalogue is
available for purchase at the museum or by calling 410.783.5720.
GIRLS' NIGHT OUT PROGRAMMING AND SPECIAL EVENTS
To see a full list of Girls' Night Out programs
and events, including lectures, gallery talks, teacher
workshops and more click HERE
In Baltimore Girls' Night Out is sponsored by
Nancy and Tom O'Neil with additional support from Struever
Bros. Eccles & Rouse, Inc.
IXIA Restaurant, Lounge and Bar is the Special Events
sponsor of Girls' Night Out.
The national exhibition tour of Girls' Night Out
is presented by NEUTROGENA
Additional support in Orange County was provided by James
B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati, Joan and Don Beall, Visionaries,
LEF Foundation, the Women's Consortium of the Orange County
Museum of Art, Christine and Jeff Masonek, FRAME Finnish
Fund for ArtExchange, Patricia and Max Ellis, Anita Kunin
Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, The Consulate General
of the Netherlands in Los Angeles, and an anonymous donor.
Untitled (Ricas y famosas), 2001
C-print, edition of 5
50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm)
Courtesy Greene Naftali Inc., New York