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Martha Wilson ’65 Finds a Home at The Met

Martha is a pioneering feminist artist, creating both performance art and photographic and video works that explore gender subjectivity.

“Breast Forms Permutated” by Martha Wilson ’65 is on display through January 14, 2018, at Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s contemporary art outpost located at 945 Madison Avenue in New York City. The work is included in the “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980” exhibition.

The Met Breuer endeavors to present modern and contemporary art through a historical lens. Martha said, “I am mighty pleased to announce that this work has been acquired by the Met for its permanent collection.”

Lily Dolin, staff writer at NYU News said, “A particularly powerful piece titled ‘Breast Forms Permutated’ features nine pictures of breasts placed in rows, with each row representing a different type of breast. The work can be seen as a commentary on the tendency for society to measure women’s bodies up to each other, as well as a critique on the permeance of the male gaze and over sexualization of the female body.”

Martha is a pioneering feminist artist, creating both performance art and photographic and video works that explore gender subjectivity. She also is the founder and director of Franklin Furnace in New York, an alternative museum and performance space she established in 1976, and for her work to support and preserve avant-garde art. The Museum of Modern Art acquired the Franklin Furnace Archive of artists’ books, photographs, videos, and printed material in 1993.

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