SHAME ON YOU at the Museo de Arte de Queretaro, Mexico

April 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I am pleased to announce that an exhibition of my work, entitled Shame on You, was displayed recently at the Museo de Arte de Queretaro, Mexico, the premier art museum in Queretaro, a city of over two million people near San MIguel de Allende.  I am one of the few American artists invited to exhibit at this prestigious museum. My solo exhibit was held in two large rooms on the first level of this beautiful building during March and April 2014.

The response has been gratifying. I knew my themes were universal but when, at the opening, Mexican women told me their stories, I knew that I had touched others in a meaningful way. 
 
There was lots of press coverage, including articles in all the Mexican papers (in Spanish), as well as the following article in the Atencion, the English-Spanish San Miguel weekly newspaper. 
 

Linda Soberman Womens' Month Celebration

By Margaret Failoni

In this month of March, in which women are celebrated throughout the Western world, the poliedric artist Linda Soberman presents an exhibition celebrating women, in the Museo de Arte de Queretaro. With two large rooms at her disposal, the artist separates the exhibition into two themes. The first mixes the womens' theme with that of the Holocaust and violence in general, against women; an installation of showering chairs with womens' faces on the higher level attached to the chairs and as they fall to the ground, the chairs are empty. There is a beautifully executed folding book in which, with each page, the face of a woman starts to vanish, to leave an empty page towards the end, are but a few of the works exhibited. The second room is much more surreal. Beautifully executed works on paper with several mediums interposed to create extraordinary effects. Antique prints of female nudes by Renaissance masters are juxtaposed onto chine colle, photo-lithos and/or collage sometimes hand colored to create contemporary situations.A group of female heads sit expressionlessly onto long, slim poles with the word silence beneath each head. There is no doubt that this artist is an artistic power to be reckoned with. We look forward to seeing much more of her work. The exhibition which most definitely should not be missed and will remain open to the pubic through the month of April. 

 

 "Shame On You," a provocative installation by Linda Soberman, confronts us with western culture's diminishment of women, whether by    erasing them from our memory or by objectifying them in traditional representations of the nude.  The title signals an exhibit conveying social  import.The exhibit displays Soberman's manifold skills as artist to jar viewers into recognizing their own contributions to this dilemma.  In two adjoining rooms, construction, sculpture, photography, painting and printmaking are blended creatively with freshness and imagination.  

Room one, devoted to erasures from memory, foregrounds a waterfall of mainly empty chairs suspended on a wall.  A few hold photos of women's faces, taken from several, different cultures.  The chairs cascade and pool into a common domestic scene, upright chairs around a table, symbolizing the mark or trace of women's cultural significance for centuries, but without their physical visibility or presence.  The postmodern concept is validated:  Their absence is profound reminder of what has been forgotten. The room resonates with thematic weight with references to violence against women--prints of women's heads framed by the frame of a bed--and to the Holocaust--the words of dissenting German Pastor Niemoeller superimposed on another print of a woman.  

In the second room, Soberman's focus is the treatment of women as nudes in western art. Prints and photographs recall classical sculpted and painted nudes, but several pieces crowd the images together, creating parades of women, removing them from their isolation. One final image, a photograph of the artist which she painted over, fuses her own image with that of Frida Kahlo.  The commonality of women's experience over time and across cultures is highlighted throughout.

Soberman's work raises an important question about future direction:  Can historical images that have denigrated women be re-appropriated and transformed to be empowering, or must we find totally new and different ways to break the damaging molds?  Soberman's work also suggests that transformation is a beginning.

           Response to Linda Soberman's "Shame on You"  by Sharon Leder and Milton Teichman, owners of the Teichman Gallery in Brewster on Cape Cod that                  features the painting and sculpture of Milton Teichman.  Together they co-edited "Truth and Lamentation: Stories and Poems on the Holocaust."                               Their fiction appears in various publications.   

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These accolades have proven to me that, with hard work, years of experimentation, and planning, dreams can become reality. 
 

You can view images  at http://www.artists2artists.net/photo/albums/linda-soberman-at-the-museo-de-arte-de-queretaro-mexico and on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/lindasoberman


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