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The Philadelphia Inquirer | For ‘Taking Space’ at PAFA, women artists are as monumental as they want to be

More than 60 artists have works on display in “Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale” — all from the museum’s permanent collection.

Megan Voeller reviews Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale for The Inquirer, in a piece that artist Clarity Haynes made her "feel seen and understood." Read about the generation-spanning artists and works, including Haynes, Deborah Willis, Faith Ringgold, Ana Mendieta, Ebony G. Patterson, Brie Raus, Elizabeth Colomba, and many more.

"The exhibition’s roster of trailblazers — Louise Nevelson, Nancy Spero, Betye Saar, Alice Neel, Lee Krasner, Miriam Schapiro, and the Guerilla Girls, among others — alone makes “Taking Space” worth a visit. “We’ve had older artists say, I would have had a really different career if there had been shows like this when I was in art school,” [co-curator Dr. Brittany] Webb says.

The biggest thrills are provided by a younger generation, now in mid-career, who have come up in the path forged by the exhibition’s pioneers."

Image: Clarity Haynes, with her painting  "Janie" (left), at the “Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale" exhibition at PAFA. JESSICA GRIFFIN / Inquirer Photographer

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.