World Premiere Screening of Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968

22 Nov 2010

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958–1968, a film by 1997 Pew Fellow Glenn Holsten, had its world premiere in Philadelphia on November 19, 2010 at The University of the Arts.The eponymous exhibition, based on the contributions of female Pop artists during the '50s and '60s, originated at the university's Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, supported by a 2007 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Click through the video slide show above to watch clips from Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958–1968, on artists Martha Rosler, Marjorie Strider, Rosalyn Drexler, Faith Ringgold, and Idelle Weber.

Ovation, the only multi-platform network devoted to art and contemporary culture, partnered with the Center for the event, and also provided the film's world premiere television broadcast on November 24, 2010. Read the Ovation press release on the film's screening and world television premiere >

In addition, Magpi produced an interactive Internet2 program related to the film on November 30, 2010 which featured clips from the film as well as comments from Holsten on the process of creating the film, and the exhibition's curator, Sid Sachs, on the historical significance of Seductive Subversion and the six years it took to realize his vision.

Holsten's film is the first to examine, in depth, the works of female Pop artists and their place within and contributions to art. The film focuses exclusively on some of the most innovative artists of the 1950s and '60s whose works have been overshadowed by their high-profile male counterparts. It was created as a companion piece to the illuminating exhibition presented at the University of Arts and presents insightful personal accounts, archival footage, interviews with the artists and art historians, and installation footage with curator Sid Sachs. Additional funding for the film was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and the Quaker Chemical Foundation.

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958–1968 originated at The University of the Arts in January 2010 and was later on view at the Brooklyn Museum in early 2011. It then traveled to Tufts University Art Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center through the spring of 2011.

Here's what the press said about the exhibition and the artists represented:

"Far more than a simple rediscovery of women Pop artists, this exhibition offers us unexpected insight into the artistic challenges, issues and ambitions that arouse in a period of radical change." —Saul Ostrow for Art in America

"Pop art was about banality, disaffection, and detachment, and the ideas of the women artists diametrically opposed these themes. Philosophically liberated, they thought for themselves, radicalized their art, and imploded the meaning of Pop." —Kim Levin for ARTnews

"It is unusual to walk away [from an exhibition] feeling as if one had seen something both new and strong that had been previously overlooked. But that hard-to-come-by feeling can be found here, where it seems like a powerful secret has been uncovered." —David Miles for ARTINFO