Women use anger as art at the Koehnline Museum of Art

Women’s anger is on display at the Koehnline Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit “Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration,” running Sept. 28–Oct. 20.

The Koehnline Museum of Art, located on Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, has an annual collaboration with the college’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. Every year the topic varies with the common thread of showcasing women artists and providing an educational experience.

“What we want is to display not only the finest work possible but also work that would be relevant for our students and work that would help the students understand the arts better,” Exhibit Curator Judy Langston said.

A public reception for the show takes place Sept. 28 where people can meet some of the artists.

This year’s exhibit “Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration,” features 83 works by women artists from the United States and around the world. The pieces include performance, video, painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media.

“We were hoping for a varied show, one that dealt with not just the political arena, but also with historical references and personal reflections,” said Langston. “We were very gratified to see representations of anger had many, many, many faces and they’re represented very well in our show.”

Langston described the exhibit’s theme as being broad enough so that women could make art about anything that might make them angry.

“I like that it allows women to speak our minds as we wish, without judgement without being told what we may or may not do, without having to show ourselves in a particular way like being quiet or any of those things, we can just speak our mind through our art medium,” Langston said.

Kathleen Carot, coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies at Oakton Community College, said the submissions were limited to the Chicago area in earlier shows, but over the years, the show has expanded nationally with some international submissions. One of the goals, from the Women’s and Gender Studies perspective, Carot said, is to provide opportunities for professional women artists. There is also a vision to provide students with the chance to connect with professional women artists and also have a theme that supports what students are learning in classes.

“Statistics vary a little bit, but we know [in the] U.S. census women are 51 or 52 percent of people who identify as professional artists, but yet…

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