50 Contemporary Women Artists Panel -

A conversation on the evolution of feminism vis-a-vis fine art


Join Heather Zises and John Gosslee, editors of "50 Contemporary Women Artists," in conversation with artists Barbara Segal, Judy Rifka and Stephanie Hirsch about the evolution of feminism from 1960 to present day. On view will be select works by Judy Rifka, courtesy of LatchKey Gallery, as part of the CORE: art program. The evening will also feature a brief presentation about the 50 CWA book and will be followed by a book signing.

About 50 Contemporary Women Artists:
50 Contemporary Women Artists is a publication about contemporary women artists and architects who made groundbreaking contributions in their respective fields. The book promotes women in an ongoing dialogue through the exploration of their work and process, and offers a fresh perspective on feminism and notions of cultural power. Pluralistic in its approach, the survey also includes a foreword by Elizabeth Sackler, founder of the Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

50 Contemporary Women Artists has been a passion project since its inception in 2015. Created by John Gosslee and founder of Fjords Review, and Heather Zises curator and founder of READart. The idea of the book was seeded by the Fjords Women’s Edition (Fall 2015) in which John invited Heather to curate art work by women to be paired with poetry and prose by women.

About Barbara Segal:
Barbara Segal is a sculptor and master stone carver with an eye schooled in the forms, patterns, and textures of Renaissance and baroque masterpieces. Segal creates pop and fashion icons in rare and exquisite stones. As an ongoing part of her practice, Segal explores ways to merge new technologies with the ancient tradition of stone carving, design, nostalgia, and pop culture. Works such as her Designer Handbags series explore society’s long-standing obsession with status symbols and their cultural impact, while her Little Girl’s Dresses turns translucent stones into delicate layers of fabric and lace. “My work speaks of loss of social status and yearning to regain it, makes comparisons between objects of religious devotion and symbols of wealth and offers critique of the way popular culture encourages idol worship in the form of material goods”.

About Judy Rifka:
Judy Rifka is an American painter, video artist, printmaker, and sculptor. Her work is a unique hybrid of painterly gesture, endless explorations of space (a legacy of her training with Abstract Expressionists), popular culture and a casual, frenetic style of drawing with line. In addition to using shaped canvases and three-dimensional stretchers, she is known for unstretched works with collaged cut-away layers of canvas and color. Active since the 1970s, Rifka was part of many movements in New York, such as Colab and Fluxus.

About Stephanie Hirsch:
American artist Stephanie Hirsch creates conceptual objects that explore themes of self-transformation and awareness. Using beads, sequins, and embroidery, Hirsch pairs words and images to metaphorically represent notions of rebirth and renewal. Stitched together with a feminist bent, her works delve deep beneath the shimmering surface to contemplate the real meaning of words, images, and reality.

Hirsch has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including Lyons Wier Gallery, New York City; the New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Watermill Center, Watermill, New York; the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado; and the De Re Gallery, Los Angeles. She has participated in numerous art fairs, such as Art Miami, Miami, Florida (2016), and Art Southampton, Southampton, New York (2016). Hirsch’s work is also part of the permanent collection at the Newcomb Museum at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2012, Hirsch was commissioned by beauty brand Erno Lazlo to create a window installation for Harrod’s London, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In 2015 Hirsch completed her artist residency at P3 Studio, curated in partnership with the nonprofit Art Production Fund at the Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas, where she presented #LightSeeker, an aesthetically charged interactive installation. In early 2018, Hirsch was included in Flora, a group show at Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, Florida. She was also selected by ArtLeadHER and the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation to participate in Senses & Perception at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey. This same year, Hirsch exhibited in The Ideal Feminine/The Feminine Ideal? a group show at Winston Wächter Fine Art Gallery, New York, New York. Hirsch earned her BA in art history and costume design from Tulane University, New Orleans.

About Heather Zises:
Heather Zises is a Brooklyn-based curator, writer and founder of READart, a curatorial platform for contemporary art and culture. Having launched her career at Pace Gallery and Phillips, she has curated numerous exhibitions and site-specific installations at galleries, alternative spaces and art fairs worldwide. Heather is a contributing writer for various publications including Quiet Lunch and Fjords Review, and is an art editor for Pregame Magazine. Raised in Boston as a ballerina, Zises graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English and Dance and has an MA in Art History and Connoisseurship from Christie’s Education.

About John Gosslee:
John Gosslee edits Fjords Review. He’s on the board Fixional and his poetry is published worldwide.