Female artists have long struggled against patriarchal structures that have excluded them from a meaningful place in the history of art. Art made by women has historically been, and continues to be, marginally represented on the walls of museums and galleries in relation to that of their male counterparts. Dismantling the House presents a selection of work by female artists who confront this exclusion by reworking standard practices and adopting unconventional approaches to medium, genre, and other art historical categories in order to destabilize traditional notions of painting, craft, and pop culture. Dismantling the House stands as a feminist manifesto, reinforced by two fundamental tenents of feminism: 1. All representation is political. 2. The personal is political.
While some women in the show do not refer to their work as explicitly feminist, all these artists have in influenced feminist art through works that speak to the subjective nature of feminist identities. Dismantling The House aims to counter a univocal presentation of feminism by revealing diverse narratives that represent a multitude of feminist voices and ambitions. The exhibition highlights simultaneous and competing versions of the feminist narrative, one that takes into account intersecting identities based in sexuality, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class. As a group these works engage in a feminist discourse marked by narrative, difference, and inclusivity.