's Target NO.46 (Jean)
Yesterday was International Women's Day and the New York Times published a stunning article on the lack of women in top museum director positions
. To be sure there are a variety of reasons but it also follows related but dissimilar gaps in representation for women in all aspects of the art world. For example the current Whitney Biennial (which I've been following with updates here
) only can claim only 32% of its participants as women.
Closer to home we've pointed out that the Portland 2014 biennial is also short on female artists
and no woman has ever won the Arlene Schnitzer prize for the CNAA's. Also, women are still a minority in the Hallie Ford awards. Jen Graves pointed out the stunning shutout of women from the Betty Bowen awards last year too
. This is despite the fact that a majority of cultural gatekeepers in Portland (curators and gallerists) are women and I think it might be part of the reason more men get awards. Overall, there is a sense that we've lost ground in awareness to the issue.
Clearly this is an issue to track in 2014 and any survey, award and hiring will be scrutinized for it. It is a huge trend that deserves a reversal.
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