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Director - Chiara Clemente
Run Time - 87 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD
Year - 2008
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interest- Art, Biographies/Profiles, Cultural Studies, Performance, Urban Studies, Women’s Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $295




Chiara Clemente's affecting documentary strings together the self-told narrative of five women artists of all ages, each of whom has a passion for making art inseparable from her devotion to New York. Swoon, the youngest, exhibits cut-outs directly on city walls and subways, and exudes idealism and energy while carrying a two by four the way some women would a briefcase. Cairo-born Ghada Amer mixes media - embroidering with painting - to confront sexual taboos that cross cultural boundaries. After experiencing The New York Dolls in San Francisco, Kiki Smith realized she needed the energy of the city to create her paintings and sculptures. Marina Abramovic, originally of Belgrade, is a performance art pioneer who often uses her own body as a canvas. And Nancy Spero returned from Paris with artist-husband Leon Golub in 1964, to meld art and activism during the Vietnam War and become, in her own words, "a woman warrior."


"Exquisitely crafted. Five powerhouse femme artists. renowned, wildly eclectic creators who span the spectrum in age, provenance and medium, connected to the city through a complex, ever-changing dialectic. Combining formats and textures with a hypnotic, shape-shifting score, (film) itself quite simply ranks as a work of art. Clemente's compelling group portraiture paints a vibrantly diverse Gotham art scene."
-Ronnie Scheib, Variety


"An intimate portrait of five women artists. Celebrates the metropolis as a cauldron of creativity. "
-Leslie Camhi, Vogue


A unique cultural and artistic experience…provides well-crafted testimony to the need to preserve great art and artists.” - Susan C. Awe, Library Journal