Coming to The Table

June 18
 - August 21, 2016
An exhibition organized by the Association of Hysteric Curators, featuring diverse voices and art that consider contemporary feminist issues in dialogue with memory, place, community, race, sexuality, and more, using tables as gathering spaces for workshops and performances.
Association of Hysteric Curators
Works by
Kim Abeles, Lili Bernard, Carolyn Castaño, Armando Cortes, Diana-Sofia Estrada, Rachel Finkelstein, Sacha Finn, Christine Dianne Guiyangco, Siobhan Hebron, Meg Madison, Thinh Nguyen, Blue Orchard, Mary Anna Pomonis, Linda Ravenswood, Cindy Rehm, Kim Russo, Cathy Salser, Cindy Short, Allison Stewart, Marjan K. Vayghan, The Window Between Worlds, and Michiko Yao.

Coming to the Table, is a group show of contemporary art curated by the Association of Hysteric Curators in collaboration with Angel’s Gate Cultural Center. The AHC is a fluid trans-generational group of women dedicated to cultural discussions around contemporary feminist issues in a non-hierarchical structure based on dialogue and exchange. Coming to the Table presents a diverse range of voices that consider gender in dialogue with issues of memory, place, community, intimacy, race, labor, sexuality, autonomy, and the future of feminism.  

Parallel to the goal of the AHC, this exhibition considers manifestations of the female narrative and traces on-going dialogues passed between, and through generations of women. Throughout Western history, patriarchy has been firmly seated at the head of the cultural table and has dictated the forms, content, and conversations around cultural production. First wave feminism unearthed the voices of our creative fore mothers and revealed a rich and vital legacy.  In order to visualize this inversion of power structures each room throughout the exhibition will feature a table that is both integral to the workshops and performances that take place and independently sites for art. These tables will act as markers signaling the change from a paradigm of boardroom table decision making within curatorial practice to a living room table model as a dynamic site of communal sharing, making and conversation. The visual art will coexist with the tables creating a salon feel to each room an invitation to visitors to exchange with the artists. 

In the thirty-five years since Linda Nochlin published her seminal essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” we continue to raise questions about gender equity and subvert the role that patriarchy plays in shaping the rules of the art and culture to create new and playful structures that disrupt traditional notions of organization and culture making.  

The opening reception will be Saturday June 18th from 2- 5pm and a closing reception August 21 from 1-5. Calendar of Events for the AHC residency at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center:

  • June 18 performances by Christine Dianne Guiyangco, Siobhan Hebron, Thinh Nguyen, Linda Ravenswood and Cindy Rehm, Workshop by Meg Madison
  • June 25 Workshops: Carolyn Castaño “Other Feminist Histories” and Lili Bernard “Silent No More”
  • July 16 Rachel Finkelstein + Sacha Finn “Safe Space”, Kim Russo “Project About Family”, Marjam K. Vayghan and Meg Madison “40 Famous Women”, “Blue Orchard Dinner Conversation” off-site with Christine Dianne Guiyangco and Amrnado Cortes
  • August 21 “Uncommon Curriculum”, Mary Anna Pomonis and Allison Stewart, “Touchstones”, Cathy Salser with Window Between Worlds, and closing, “Yami Pot” feast