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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, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.