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Women and Artistic Expression

October 22, 2007 – May 31, 2008
Location: Old Perk
Sponsor(s): Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Artist(s): Various

Two exhibits were mounted as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture’s third biennial symposium: Stretching the Canvas: Women Exploring the Arts and The Feminist Art Movement, 1970s-1980s.

Stretching the Canvas: Women Exploring the Arts

Stretching the Canvas is a non-traditional art exhibit that brings a "behind the scenes" perspective to the process of art-making. Using documentary and archival pieces as well as artwork - from Duke women undergraduates and women artists in the Bingham Center collections - this exhibit considers different facets of women's artistic practice.

The Feminist Art Movement, 1970s-1980s

The feminist art movement originated in the early 1970s and was directly inspired by second-wave feminism. The art exhibit showcases the work of Kate Millett and Irene Peslikis, and demonstrates how feminism influences art forms such as comics and music. Other highlights include feminist art publications, LPs, songbooks and concert flyers from the women's music movement, including material from the Common Woman Chorus.

The online exhibit is no longer available, but an archived version can be viewed at the Internet Archive.


This exhibition was sponsored in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.