Women in Revolt!: Art, Activism and the Women’s Movement in the UK 1970-1990
Artist Mary Kelly is included in Tate Britain’s newest exhibition, Women in Revolt!: Art, Activism and the Women’s Movement in the UK 1970-1990, opening November 8.
Women in Revolt!: Art, Activism and the Women’s Movement in the UK 1970-1990 explores feminist art by over 100 artists working primarily in the UK. The exhibition highlights how networks of women used radical ideas and rebellious methods to make significant contributions to British culture. Themes examined include reproductive rights, equal pay, domestic and maternal issues, among others.
Kelly’s works Antepartum (1973) and the collaborative Women & Work: A Document on the Division of Labour in Industry 1973-75 (1973-75, with Margaret Harrison and Kay Hunt) are featured in the exhibition.
Kelly’s work addresses questions of sexuality, identity, and historical memory in the form of large-scale narrative installations. In 1968, at the peak of the student movements in Europe, she moved to London, England, to study at St. Martinʼs School of Art. There, she began her long-term critique of conceptualism, informed by the feminist theory of the early womenʼs movement in which she was actively involved throughout the 1970s. During this time, she worked on Nightcleaners (1970-75); Women & Work, a document on the division of labor in industry; and her iconic work on the mother/child relationship, Post-Partum Document (1973-79).
For more information visit: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/women-in-revolt