Cover image Women's Images of Men (1985). Photograph by Lill Ann Chepstow Lusty. Cover Design by John Maddison
Events - Talks
Women's Images of Men
Video Archived Online
18 Mar 2014
Tala Madani’s depiction of male subjects and spaces is an often commented on aspect of her work. But why should this be significant – what issues are at stake in the representation of men by women? This day of events returns to an exhibition dedicated to this question, Women’s Images of Men, which opened at the ICA in 1980 before travelling across a circuit of UK contemporary art centres.
Proposed in protest against the underrepresentation of female artists, it was an open-submission artist-curated exhibition, emphasising figurative representation. With About Time, curated by Cate Elwes, and Issue by Lucy Lippard, it was the first of a consecutive trio of feminist exhibitions at the ICA. Hugely popular, many reviews targeted the theme but paid less attention to its content.
This day of activities focuses on the ways in which individual artists responded to Women’s Images of Men, exploring its place within a history of feminist exhibition-making, and its relevance to contemporary gender positions.