The Womens Room


Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
12:00 am - 6:00 pm


The Women’s Room: Female Perspectives on Men, Women, Family and Nation
Curated by Marcy B. Freedman and Livia Straus
October 12 – December 7, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 12th 5 – 7pm
HVCCA is proud to present video artworks by women who use the medium to explore
the intricacies and dilemmas of gender, human relationships, and nation-centric
politics. Each of the selected artists has endowed her video with a very personal point
of view and simultaneously created a video that is meaningful to a larger audience.
The topics considered are of universal significance, and the viewers of these videos will
be inspired to think deeply about them.
Casual Encounter: A Month of Sundays by Kate Hampel features the artist in a long,
dark wig, reading selections from a Craigslist website for “women seeking men.” The
video suggests the ways in which men are objectified and reduced to a set of physical
traits and broad personality types by certain women.
The shifting terrain of gender identity is addressed in Amy Jenkins’ pair of
interconnected videos. In Audrey Superhero, the artist documents the desire of her six year
old daughter to be a boy. In Becoming, Jenkins memorializes her son’s first haircut
at the age of three. As his long, blond, curly tresses are cut off in this ancient ritual of
change, his gender neutrality is relinquished. (
Adela Jusic’s When I die, you can do what you want reveals the challenging personal
and political history of an elderly woman, as well as the touching bond between a
grandmother and her granddaughter.
In her video Joan of Arc, the artist Alex McQuilkin suggests a deep and powerful
connection between herself and the 15th century French national heroine and Roman
Catholic saint. McQuilkin’s Magic Moments (Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the
Young-Girl) addresses the sexualization of young women in our contemporary media.
The deceptively simplistic scenario of Sara Shaoul’s Erin Mahoney (friend, union
organizer, activist) belies its sophisticated exploration of female bonding and
contemporary politics in the United States. (
Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world! at Abu Dis, Palestine, a collaboration between Rona Yefman and Tanja Schlander, places a classic children’s heroine in the midst of the troubling contemporary politics of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, while
addressing the power of women to make changes in the world.
Maria Marshal’s President Bill Clinton Memphis shows the artist’s children in the frenzied
act of constructing and deconstructing their environment, all to the rhythm of the
underlying text – read by a child – of the President addressing the dignity and
importance of human productivity.
For more information, details and images from the exhibition and updates on panel discussions &
artist/curator presentations see

Event Location and Ticket Information

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1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10556
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
Times: 12:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Presenter: HVCCA
Presenter Phone: 914-788-0100
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