WARM as part of the History of Feminist Art Collectives

Flyer for WARM Exchange Exhibition, held at ARC Gallery in 1979

Joanna Gardner-Huggett of DePaul University will be including this 1979 show flyer in her article “Extrapolating Influence: The Challenges of Mapping the History of Chicago Feminist Art Collectives”.

Joanna writes:
“As a scholar devoted to the history of feminist art collectives, I am frequently asked by social scientists how can I quantify the impact of these spaces? I turned to digital mapping so I could assess the influence exerted by two feminist collectives in Chicago: ARC Gallery (1973-to the present) and Artemisia Gallery (1973-2003) by visualizing their outreach. For instance, both spaces sponsored solo exhibitions from their inception, which allows for a consistent set of data to analyze their impact on communities beyond their immediate membership. Just the process of building databases with the home location of guest solo artists at ARC and Artemisia from 1980-1985, as well as addressing gender, undergraduate degree and location, graduate degree and location, other feminist networks, and funding sources, organized my archival research in a systemic way that forces a more precise assessment of my historical question.

Originally asserting in previous publications that ARC and Artemisia participated in national feminist networks, my maps revealed that the narrative is a Midwestern one. For example, since ARC held exchange exhibitions with WARM Gallery in 1979, I believed that many of the guest artists would also be affiliated with your Minneapolis space. The database revealed that this was not the case. Currently, I am expanding the database so that I can explore whether these initial patterns remain the same or change over time.

The article will appear in the online journal Historical Geography, published by the Historical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers. Historical Geography (ISSN 2331-7523) is published annually athttps://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/historicalgeography and requires subscribers for access to articles and images.