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Philadelphia Inquirer | Women take over the walls at pair of PAFA shows

Thomas Hine's review of the recently opened exhibition Women in Motion: 150 Years of Womens Artistic Networks at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will delight the art history lovers.

"The premise of the show, as suggested in its subtitle, is that women needed to develop networks — which included family and teachers, but crucially, other woman artists — so that they could survive. Among the earliest artists represented are members of the Peale family, nieces of Charles Willson Peale, who carried on what was essentially the family business."

Hine also mentions Taking Space, emphasizing the opportunity to see three centuries of women artists in one day:

"...PAFA has become an aggressive collector of work by women artists, and this show, along with Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale — a large, excellent exhibition of more recent art at PAFA’s other building which will run until Sept. 5 — are products of this effort.

Between the two shows, you can spend hours looking at art without encountering anything done by a man. The sneaky genius of the quiet installation of Women in Motion is to suggest that this gender reversal is no big deal."

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.