The Sexist

In Defense of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The blogger over at Teaching Artist knows it's tough. It's all about ladies. It costs ten bucks. It took Teaching Artist a year and a half to make a visit. Still, TA says just suck it up and go to the National Museum of Women in the Arts:

I’m aware that there may be some apprehension among you out there that you’ll buy a (relatively cheap) ticket only to find the museum is a case of gender politics going too far. Maybe you don’t have art in a museum and you’re bitterly delusional about reverse discrimination. I don’t know. In the least you’ve probably seen art exhibitions that fall short because they assemble a bunch of very different art works on the single unifying principle that they were all made by artists who have similar, non-phallic, genitalia.

It took me five years in D.C. to get over there. Yesterday, I finally did. I'll have a review of one of the NMWA's current shows, "Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography," in next week's paper.

Photo: Nikki S. Lee, "The Ohio Project," 1999

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