Joan Semmel included in Women Artists on the Leading Edge: Celebrating Douglass College at 100 at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
The institution's press release follows:
Douglass College was founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women. Inspired by Black Mountain College’s innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum, and the courses in avant-garde music taught by composer John Cage in New York in the late 1950s, the faculty and students at Douglass College created a center for avant-garde art that embraced Fluxus, Pop, performance, and experimentation. John Goodyear, Geoffrey Hendricks, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Semmel, and Robert Watts taught at Douglass in these years and mentored an impressive group of women artists. Drawn from the collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, this exhibition celebrates the achievements of Douglass’s alumnae and faculty, among them Alice Aycock, Joan Snyder, Mimi Smith, Bonnie Lucas, and Joan Semmel.
This exhibition also celebrates the forthcoming publication Women Artists on the Leading Edge: Visual Arts at Douglass College by Rutgers Distinguished Professor Emerita Joan Marter, who was both a faculty member in these heady days and witness to the feminist revolution in the arts. The Zimmerli Art Museum will host a panel discussion and book signing on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to celebrate this new book.
Women Artists on the Leading Edge: Celebrating Douglass College at 100
September 3, 2019 – January 11, 2020
Zimmerli Art Museum
New Brunswick, NJ