Hera Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an outstanding exhibition that features artists' works past and present - an excellent opportunity to stroll down memory lane with one of the few all-women cooperatives that began during the dawn of the Feminist Movement - and is still in existence.
Today Hera Gallery accepts male artists too, but the majority of the members are still women - very talented women.
Alexandra Broches, former president and one of the original members, curated this magnificent array of artworks: paintings, prints, collages, photographs, sculptures, installation, and quilts - as well as memorabilia.
The founding members in the exhibition are: Frances Powers, Roberta Richman, Marlene Malik, Connie Greene, Merle Barnett, Elena Jahn, and Bernadette Hackett. Their work and/or statements are included in the anniversary exhibition as well as work from so many other longstanding members, such as Alexandra Broches, Claudia Flynn, Jeannette Jacobs, Jill McLaughlin, Barbara Pagh, Troy
West, etc. (48 in all).
If you are not able to attend the gallery in person, please purchase the 2010 catalog in order to support this wonderful and historic part of art history.
Hera Gallery is located in Wakefield, Rhode Island, but this celebration is taking place in the beautiful Westerley Public Library - and will end on Saturday.
The second of the Duchamp siblings - Jacques Villon (born Émile Méry Gaston Duchamp, 1875-1963), Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and Suzanne Duchamp (1889-1963) - Raymond Duchamp-Villon was born on November 5, 1876. He is best known for his participation in the Cubist movement as one of its leading sculptors. During World War I, he volunteered to serve as an auxiliary doctor (he had completed two years of medical school and dropped out after he fell ill from rheumatic fever). In late 1916, he contracted typhoid fever and eventually succumbed on October 9, 1918.
Henri Doucet, Blanche Albane, 1908
Born on December 16, 1883, Henri Doucet had a promising career as a member of the burgeoning Cubist movement that grew out of the abbaye de Créteil group (Georges Duhamel, Charles Vildrac, Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, etc.). The actress Blanche Albane was married to Duhamel. Doucet was also friends with Amedeo Modiglilani and introduced the Italian artist to Dr. Paul Alexandre, his first patron. When the Great War broke out, Doucet enlisted with his friend Vildrac. He was killed at Hooge, on March 4 or 5, 1915.