Girls’ Night Out

Sep 16, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005

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Daniela Rossell, Untitled (Ricas y famosas), 2001, Monterrey, Mexico, C-print, edition of 5, 50 x 60 inches. Courtesy Greene Naftali Inc., New York

 

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Still from Lahja—The Present, 2001, five-monitor installation on DVD-ROM with stereo sound, variable duration. Orange County Museum of Art; Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge. Courtesy Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, New York

 

Dorit Cypis, The Rest in Motion 1, 2002, C-print, 42 x 57 3/4 inches. Collection Orange County Museum of Art; Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge

 

Katy Grannan, Dee, Red Hook, NY, 2003, silver gelatin print, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy Greenberg Van Doren, New York

 

Salla Tykkä, The Sickest One, 1997, C-print, 23 x 19 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York

 

Rineke Dijkstra, Stephany, Saint Joseph Ballet, Orange County, California, USA, March 22, 2003, 2003, C-print, 49 5/8 x 42 1/8 inches. Collection of Darrel and Marsha Anderson, Newport Beach, CA

 

Kelly Nipper, Still from Bending Water into a Heart Shape, 2003, four-channel video installation with sound dimensions variable. Collection of the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; Gift of the Alberta duPont Bonsal Foundation, with additional funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge

 

Daniela Rossell, Untitled (Ricas y famosas), 2001, Monterrey, Mexico, C-print, edition of 5, 50 x 60 inches. Courtesy Greene Naftali Inc., New York  Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Still from Lahja—The Present, 2001, five-monitor installation on DVD-ROM with stereo sound, variable duration. Orange County Museum of Art; Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge. Courtesy Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, New York  Dorit Cypis, The Rest in Motion 1, 2002, C-print, 42 x 57 3/4 inches. Collection Orange County Museum of Art; Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge  Katy Grannan, Dee, Red Hook, NY, 2003, silver gelatin print, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy Greenberg Van Doren, New York  Salla Tykkä, The Sickest One, 1997, C-print, 23 x 19 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York  Rineke Dijkstra, Stephany, Saint Joseph Ballet, Orange County, California, USA, March 22, 2003, 2003, C-print, 49 5/8 x 42 1/8 inches. Collection of Darrel and Marsha Anderson, Newport Beach, CA  Kelly Nipper, Still from Bending Water into a Heart Shape, 2003, four-channel video installation with sound dimensions variable. Collection of the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; Gift of the Alberta duPont Bonsal Foundation, with additional funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge  

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The exhibition Girls’ Night Out presents groundbreaking photography and video by two generations of female artists who embrace a more evocative and poetic approach to female identity. Their work over the last decade shares themes such as youth culture, new notions of beauty, and a lyrical expression of the inner desires, dreams, and aspirations of their subjects.

Girls’ Night Out, explores the work of a young generation of women artists—working primarily in photography and video—who incorporate many key issues of postmodernism associated with feminism, yet articulated in poetic, quasi-documentary and non-ironic modes. While an earlier generation of artists dealt with social and political themes in their work by reverting to the use of provocation and didacticism, the artists in Girls’ Night Out employ a very different means of expression. In place of the use of satire and irony to convey their points, this younger generation’s work has a directness of approach. Within this rubric, this generation is engaged with such classical art genres as self-portraiture and portraiture (especially the passage from girlhood to adulthood), architectural subjects, and landscape. Formally rigorous and aesthetically resolved, this seemingly traditional imagery appears to be embedded with a lyrical and psychological atmosphere and, in some work, a romantic quality. Along with revisiting classical subject matter, the artists in Girls’ Night Out are engaged in fresh and provocative inquiries into such loaded themes as beauty, narrative, melodrama, power, personal and social space, and nature/culture.

Girls’ Night Out was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California. It is co-curated by Elizabeth Armstrong, Deputy Director of Programs & Chief Curator and Irene Hoffman, Curator of Contemporary Art, both from Orange County Museum of Art.

 

 

Sponsors

Girls’ Night Out is presented by Neutrogena 

Additional support has been provided by James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati, Joan and Don Beall, Visionaries, LEF Foundation, the Women’s Consortium of the Orange County Museum of Art, Christine and Jeff Masonek, FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Patricia and Max Ellis, Anita Kunin Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, The Consulate General of the Netherlands in Los Angeles, and an anonymous donor.

Sara Lee Corporation is the Lead Sponsor of the exhibition in St. Louis.  Additional local funding has been generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Arts & Education Council, and Friends and Members of the Museum with in-kind support from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.