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Thursday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 12 Feb 2009

WOMEN IN THE ARTS: If you haven’t checked out the Women’s Museum blog yet, it’s one of the better museum blogs going. Of late, the bloggers there have been discussing some ways in which women are underrepresented in the arts. In a post last week, Alyssa Gardina cites a couple of stats concerning the lack […]

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WOMEN IN THE ARTS: If you haven’t checked out the Women’s Museum blog yet, it’s one of the better museum blogs going. Of late, the bloggers there have been discussing some ways in which women are underrepresented in the arts. In a post last week, Alyssa Gardina cites a couple of stats concerning the lack of recognition female visual artists receive. This one jumped off the screen to me:

There are 80 percent female students at the School of Visual Arts. But in the real world, there are 70 to 80 percent male artists in galleries and museums.

In recognition of this and other imbalances, the Museum has announced several programs that highlight women’s contributions to the arts.

Then in a post earlier this week, Alyssa points out that only 11 percent of photojournalists are women. The Museum is currently featuring one of the more famous of that 11 percent in its current exhibit: Diana Walker: Photojournalist. Of course, one of the more famous woman photographers, Laura Wilson, lives in Dallas.

MORE WOMEN IN THE ARTS: While we’re on the subject of women photographers, This Week in the Arts devotes its podcast this week to Barbara Crane. Crane is known for her experimental work that pushes photography’s boundaries. And you’ll soon be able to see it for yourself. The exhibit Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision opens at the Amon Carter Museum on Saturday.

BETTYE SPEAKS: If you are headed out to see Bettye LaVette when she performs a TITAS show on Friday night, The Dallas Morning News caught up with her for a story in today’s paper. LaVette’s been a busy woman of late, having performed at the pre-inauguration We Are One concert in Washington as well as the Kennedy Center Honors. As she tells Michael Granberry:

“Almost as long as the new president has been alive, I have been trying to make my career work. It did not go unnoticed by me that I was being seen by the largest audience I had ever been seen by.”

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