Miriam Schapiro, A Visionary

Feb 4 2016 - May 8 2016

National Academy

New York City, NY

Miriam Schapiro, A Visionary presents a cross-section of works from each period of the artist’s remarkable, multifaceted sixty-year career, and will be Schapiro’s first survey exhibition in New York City, where she resided.

In the ‘50s, Schapiro adhered to the principles of Abstract Expressionism; by the mid-‘60s she had developed a series of works using computer software. By 1970 her practice shifted dramatically, informed by her involvement in the Women’s Movement, and that year she founded, with Judy Chicago, the Cal Arts Feminist Art Program. Throughout the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Schapiro was associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement, producing innumerable “femmage” works, which incorporated decorative scraps of fabric in her acrylic paintings. In the late ‘80s Schapiro returned to figuration in a series of works devoted to women artists, and in the ‘90s and 2000s she explored subjects as varied as her Jewish identity, dance, and her love of dolls.


Whether you go or not, Miriam Schapiro  illuminates Miriam Schapiro (b. 1923) as a pioneering force in the feminist art movement of the 1970s. In this, the only comprehensive work on Schapiro, feminist art historian Thalia Gouma-Peterson traces Schapiro's career from her early gestural canvases to her legendary collaborations with other women artists to her
femmages (feminist-oriented collages) to her tributes to female artists of the past.


  • American
  • 20th Century
  • Miriam Schapiro

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