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Women's History Month Artist Books and Zine Exhibit

Highlighting Female-Identified Issues and Themes

Posted 03.01.17 by Meredith Moore

Two cards laid flat in a display case. One featuring a blindfolded woman standing next to nine swords, the other is a seated woman with a staff.

For Women's History Month, we have selected items from the Book Arts and Zine Collection that explore to gender, feminism, advocate for women's rights and equality, and highlight other themes specific to women's lives. All books and zines included in the exhibition are made by female identifying artists.

Presenting through a feminist lens, many of these artists explore and criticize traditional gender roles and constructed femininity, while others describe the often-ignored female experience. These works can be quite collaborative in nature, asking the viewer to actively question the social norms and expectations put onto women. Jenny Holzer's Truisms and Essays book cover is a statement in and of itself, boldly plastered with the quote "Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise" against a bright red background.

Clarissa T. Sligh's incredible books on gender, race, and identity are a perfect example of intersectional feminism, which is the understanding of how womens many overlapping identities: race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, affect the way women experience oppression and discrimination.

We are always looking to expand our collection. If you have recommendations of artist books and zines by cis and trans women, please let us know by emailing refer@mica.edu.

Image Infomation:

Thumbnail: Twenty Four Hour Woman: celebrating women who make the world go around - one day at a time by Scott Lenhardt. Photo by Meredith Moore.
This Page: Mountain Dream Tarot: a Deck of 78 Photographic Cards by Bea Nettles. Photo by Meredith Moore.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

This page was last updated on 03/01/2017.