The Women’s Room


Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Sunday, December 7, 2014
12:00 pm - 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.

Watch the HVCCA website for updates about panel discussions and presentations by the artists and/or curators.

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’ two-channel video installation. 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, 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 Marshall’s received a BA from the Wimbledon College of Art in London and later studied sculpture at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva before turning her attention to video. Many of Marshall’s video works have featured children in troubling adult situations. Marshall has had many solo exhibitions and has also been included in several group shows. Marshall lives and works in London. (

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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 pm - 6:00 pm

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Presenter: HVCCA
Presenter Phone: 914-788-0100
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Sponsor Message

This event was funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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