Rutgers - Camden Center for the Arts
  A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art
  TEACHER'S GUIDE TO THE EXHIBITION
FOR GRADE K - 12 and Beyond
   

  For Those Teaching the Following Topics:
 

Identity
Individuality
Gender - Roles & Cultural Expectations
Autobiography
Body Image
Ethnicity
Immigration, Social Studies
Mythology

 

A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art is a traveling exhibition originating at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts and curated by Martin Rosenberg & J. Susan Isaacs. This teacher's guide was developed to be an accompaniment to the exhibition. An example of each artists work from the show is represented below and within the guide, providing understanding and access for those unable to see the actual exhibition. 

"The artists in this exhibition are young and not so young, painters, sculptors, photographers, of different races, from diverse ethnic and cultural traditions, and all create their work from a complex sense of their identity as human beings, as women,and as artists. Their artworks are autobiographical and personal but also symbolic, allegorical, and historical, encouraging interpretation and appropriation by viewers. The exhibition is divided in five categories: Image and Text; Complex Geographies; The Female Body; Childhood and Family; and The Body and Accessories. This teachers guide will focus on at least one artist from each category and on how through the exploration of the artworks students can come to a greater understanding of identity, autobiography, and art as a means of personal expression. Pick and choose those activities and learning experiences that best suit your class, your grade level, and your curriculum." - from A Complex Weave Teacher's Guide.

Artists in the exhibition are: Blanka Amezkua, Sarah Amos, Helène Aylon, Siona Benjamin, Zoë Charlton, Sonya Clark, Annet Couwenberg, Lalla Essaydi, Judy Gelles, Sharon Harper, Julie Harris, Fujiko Isomura, Tatiana Parcero,   Philemona Williamson, Flo Oy Wong and April Wood. Click on the gray file below to download A Complex Weave Guide.

  Click on the gray file below to download A Complex Weave Teacher's Guide

Blanka Amezkua

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La Lutxona
2007 Embroidery on cotton fabric and crochet 30x31"

Sarah Amos

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Enormous Handful
2006-2007 Collagraph & Mixed Media
90x96"

Helène Aylon

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The Book That Will Not Close
1999 Mixed media (book & reading stand)
52x23x19
Siona Benjamin

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Finding Home #74- Lilith (Fereshteh)
2006 gouche and gold leaf on wood panel  11x5.5"

Zoë Charlton

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Bib (pink socks)
2008 Graphite, Gouache, & Acrylic on Paper  60x40"

Sonya Clark

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Curls
2005
black plastic hair combs 
96x36x36"

Annet Couwenberg

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Discarded Ruffled Collar
2007 Paper doilies, fabric, steel boning, flocking and wood  52x108x108"

Lalla Essaydi

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Converging Territories #12
2003 Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum 40x30"
Judy Gelles

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Family Ties: Coats 1952-2002
2007
Archival Pigment print

31x39"

Sharon Harper

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False Start
2006
acrylic, pastel, paper  42x40"

Julie Harris

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Double Bind
2004
Intaglio with mixed media 14x12x6"

Fujiko Isomura

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Story of Veranda - Nusumigiki
2002 Dutch metal, copper, & silver leaf, acrylics, colored pencils, shell matiere, and ink jet print on watercolor paper
  16.5x22"

Tatiana Parcero

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Fin y principio #3
2008
Acetate & Lambda print
30x30"

Philemona Williamson

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A Patient Spirit
2006
oil on linen
48x60"

Flo Oy Wong

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My Mother's Baggage: Lucky Daughter Suitcase
2005 suitcase, mixed media 15x20x6"

April Wood

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Feeding the Hunger #2
2007 color photo of sculpture made of copper, enamel, paint, sheep gut, thread (photo by Joseph Hyde) 6x6"

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The Feminist Art Project gives special thanks to Lynda Hitchman and the Education Department at Rutgers - Camden Center for the Arts, The Stedman Gallery for making these educational materials available for publication here.  Download is subject to Fair Use Laws. 


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A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art Guided projects and discussions exploring the artworks from A Complex Weave exhibition promoting a greater understanding of identity, autobiography, and art as a means of personal expression.