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02 Nov 2022

In Dreams Awake

6:00-7:15 p.m. EDT

The exhibition Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered presents stylized paintings of landscapes, animals and female figures. Often nude, the portraits are disarming, turning women’s bodies into fantastically flattened eroticized figures. This program will explore Hirshfield’s visual imagination while posing questions concerning his male gaze. 

Hosted and moderated by art critic Isabella Segalovich, the discussion will feature three women artists who all defy realism in their combination of bright colors, decorative motifs, mythology and popular culture. Painter Susan Bee produces mythological paintings where archetypes are used to render social and personal struggles. Sculptor Kathy Ruttenberg composes fairytale ceramic tableaux where female figures merge with animal and floral figures. Painter Jamea Richmond Edwards offers parables of the present and the future with mystical versions of herself and others

These three unique practitioners will share exhibition highlights, with a focus on the painter’s pleasurable fantasy. This program pays tribute to folk and self-taught modernisms while reevaluating the place and representation of women in the canon. 


Space is limited; advance registration is required.  Click here to register, and please consider making a donation to support ongoing virtual programming.

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Susan Bee is an artist and editor living in Brooklyn. She has had nine solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery and has published eighteen artist’s books. Her next solo show of paintings will be in March 2023 at A.I.R. Gallery. Bee was the coeditor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G from 1986-2016. Bee’s artwork is in many collections and has been widely reviewed. Her artist’s book archive and the M/E/A/N/I/N/G archive are at Yale University. Bee has given many talks and presentations in the U.S. and abroad. She has a BA from Barnard and a MA from Hunter. Bee received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 2014 and has had fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. 

Kathy Ruttenberg is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, painting, and animation. Emerging from New York’s early 1980s East Village art scene, her allegorical paintings contributed to the vitality of the new figurative expressionism of the era. Over the last four decades her work has gradually shifted from painting towards an emphasis on sculpture. Oscillating between the intimate to the monumental, she uses ceramic, bronze, and light to explore themes of ecofeminism, animal liberation, and sexuality. Kathy Ruttenberg (b. 1957, Chicago, IL) lives and works in Upstate New York.

Ruttenberg’s work has been exhibited at Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, IT; Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, US; Lyles & King Gallery, New York, US; Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, US; Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, US; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, US; Kasmin Gallery, New York, US; Sladmore Contemporary, London, UK; Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, US; and Rhode Island Botanical Center, Providence, US; among others. In 2019 Ruttenberg had six monumental sculptures installed on the Broadway Malls from 64th to 157th St. in New York City. Her works are permanently installed in the Tisch Children’s Zoo in New York’s Central Park and in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas, Brazil. Ruttenberg lives and works in Bearsville, New York.

Jamea Richmond-Edwards was born and raised in Detroit, MI. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jackson State University in 2004, where she studied painting and drawing and went on to earn an MFA from Howard University in 2012. Jamea has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally, including at the Delaware Art Museum, California African American Museum, Charles Wright Museum, and Kravets Wehby Gallery. Jamea Richmond-Edwards’ archetypal and simultaneously idiosyncratic women, flourished and attired in color and texture, exist at the intersection of gaudy and the cutting edge of fashion. Somewhere beyond mere style, this space of representation reflects the aesthetics of Black Detroit dress and the ethos of a generation influenced by 90s hip-hop. Flirting with the outermost edge of taste, the complex material trappings of these figures reflect the depths of their character, motivation, and circumstance. 

Isabella Segalovich is a Philadelphia-based artist, designer, writer, and TikTok-er. Her work focuses on anti-authoritarian art history, on topics such as cultural appropriation and erasure, the racism ingrained in modern design, and underappreciated art forms such as folk art, embroidery, and graffiti. She is a contributing writer at Hyperallergic and Adjunct Professor at the Kean University school of Interior Design.



Left: Susan Bee, Naiad, 2019, oil and enamel on linen, 24 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Center: Kathy Ruttenberg, Confessions of a Tree, 2009, Ceramic, 33.5 x 17.5 x 15.5 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Right: Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Where the Spooks Dwell, 2021, Ink, colored pencil, marker, acrylic, jewelry, rhinestones, glitter, fabric and mixed media collage on paper, 78 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

6:00 pm–7:15 pm

Virtual; free with registration