We were lucky enough to attend a group walk through of this exhibition with one of the curators, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, who made it clear that most of the artists in the exhibition were not intending to make feminist works at the time. There are works by several better-known artists such as Ana Maria Maiolino (who also has a solo exhibition at MOCA Grand), Ana Mendieta and Lygia Clark, but you probably won’t recognize most of the others, largely due to the fact that they were never given the proper exposure and scholarly attention they deserve.
This exhibition is successful in exposing vital information on the history of Latin American women and their significant involvement in shaping the early years of contemporary art. It’s a difficult undertaking to present an exhibition combining two “minority” groups without falling into the pits of defining them in terms of the Other. But Radical Women promotes and exemplifies self-definition, individuality, connectivity, celebration, critique, and an overall feeling of empowerment that stays with you long after you leave the museum.