Cut, Cast, Carved and Coupled:
Perspectives on Women in American Art
IAC’s 27th Annual American Art Conference
November 15 – 17, 2022
The Cosmopolitan Club
122 E 66th St.
New York, NY
In Cut, Cast, Carved and Coupled: Perspectives on Women in American Art, our 27th Annual American Art Conference, we continued our exploration of women in American Art—as artists, teachers, patrons, gallerists, scholars, curators, and subjects. Considering strategies women employed to be able to pursue their work and the vocabulary with which they challenged the dominant history of the 20th century, we discovered, or re-discovered, those who by virtue of sex are often historically overlooked and underrepresented, who worked in media and with techniques traditionally viewed as “feminine,” or who had achieved significant recognition during their day, recognition that was subsequently lost.
Through talks, panel discussions, private gallery visits, and other viewing opportunities, we looked beyond the canon and the standard catalogue search, beyond the grand landscape and academic traditionalism. By way of “cut,” we considered works on (or of) paper, textiles, and photography, and those “cut from the same cloth” by virtue of their makers’ shared pursuits or perspectives. In “cast,” we explored works created from molten metal, plastic, rubber, and fiberglass and, with cast as a noun, consider artists, sitters, and patrons who have roles in the creation or commissioning of given works. In “carved,” we explored works in stone, glass, ceramic, and wood, including frames and jewels. Last, in “coupled,” we looked at relationships, whether among the artists themselves or among artists, dealers, collectors, and museums.
We gratefully acknowledge funding from CollisArt LLC; Debra Force Fine Art; D. Wigmore Fine Art; Gill & Lagodich; Graham Shay; Hawthorne Fine Art, LLC; Hollis Taggart Galleries; Kenneth R. Woodcock; Marty O’Brien; The Steven Alan Bennett Foundation; Susan Lueck, and anonymous donors, as well as support received from Bonham’s and ACA Galleries (as of October 30, 2022).
We are deeply grateful for the media sponsorship provided by Bonham’s, The Magazine ANTIQUES, and American Fine Art Magazine.
This conference was dedicated to Harry L. Koenigsberg (1921 – 2002).