These photographs of the "Goddess Tribe" at the gallery also include the individual pieces "Gloria Sun", "Ishtar", and "Passage", although they were meant to be installed as a collective work first exhibited in 1975 at the Henri Gallery in Washington, D.C. Each sculptural painting references an ancient goddess, or a powerful female figure and the space creates an atmosphere of goddesses rising.As Edelson described this atmosphere: “When the tribe surrounded you their bonding and physical presence suggested communications: sounds, whispers and chants” (Edelson, Seven Cycles: Public Rituals, 20). The tactile surfaces of each figure include marks, scratches, and text such as the words “The new sun rising, your 5,000 years are up” near the base of "Gloria Sun" anticipating her forthcoming performance "Mourning Our Lost Herstory" and the installation "Your 5,000 Years Are Up!" of 1977.
Written by Dr. Kathleen Wentrack
(c) 2019 Kathleen Wentrack
Kathleen Wentrack, PhD, is a Professor of Art History at The City University of New York, Queensborough CC and the editor of the forthcoming book "Collaboration, Empowerment, Change: Women’s Art Collectives." She recently published “1970s Feminist Practice as Heterotopian: The Stichting Vrouwen in de Beeldende Kunst and the Schule für kreativen Feminismus,” in "All Women Art Spaces in the Long 1970s" edited by Agata Jakubowska and Katy Deepwell (Liverpool University Press, 2018). She is a contributing editor to Art History Teaching Resources and Art History Pedagogy and Practice and a co-coordinator of The Feminist Art Project in New York City.
Produced by Erica Galluscio
Photography of studio space provided by Kolin Mendez Photography
Accola Griefen Fine Art exhibition photos courtesy of Accola Griefen Fine Art: Rob van Erve
Images of "Goddess Tribe" installation courtesy of David Lewis New York
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