"Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950"
May 19 - July 9 1989
Spero turns to the pantheon of antiquity to express expanded possibilities for the feminine. Onto the repertoire of classical images, she grafts modern images of women that enlarge the range of possibilities even further, as well as giving the myth modern dress. This antireductionist stance is much needed after centuries of patriarchal culture that has either reduced feminine roles or eliminated them altogether. Spero's scope is unique, complex, vast, for not only does she use a wide range of classical modern imagery, she also reclaims for the feminine imagery long associated with the masculine. In her work, the giant phallus transported in the classical Haloa Festival as a regenerative symbol becomes a symbol of feminine power.
-Dominique Nahas, Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950 (Syracuse: Everson Museum of Art, 1987).
Traveling exhibition organized by Dominique Nahas, Curator of Modern Art, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York