past Exhibition

    M. Jenea Sanchez, Dulce Guadalupe Garcia Anguamea, 2016. Chromogenic print. 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © M. Jenea Sanchez

    Gabriela Muñoz and M. Jenea Sanchez, Labor (detail), 2016. Serigraph on bricks made with Mexican soil. 36 x 264 x 6 inches. Courtesy of the artists. © Gabriela Muñoz and M. Jenea Sanchez

    Malena Barnhart, The YouTube Feminist Discourse (still), 2014. Video, 5:31 minutes. Courtesy of the artist. © Malena Barnhart

    Mary Hood, You Better Make It In The World On Your Own (front), 2013. Laser engraved woodcut on vellum with water color, laser cut vellum. 15 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Mary Hood

    Muriel Magenta, The Millennials (still), 2016. Dual-channel video project. 8 x 16 feet. Courtesy of the artist. © Muriel Magenta

Push Comes to Shove: Women and Power

October 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017


A cross-disciplinary collaboration between SMoCA and ASU Intermedia Professor Muriel Magenta, Ph.D., Push Comes to Shove: Women and Power aims to use art as a critical catalyst in rethinking and transforming the advancement of women.

The exhibition will feature 19 artists whose works deal with the themes and issues of how women exercise and think about power. The exhibition is grounded by the experiences of five women who have held positions of great leadership: Kyrsten Sinema, U.S. congresswoman, 9th District, Ariz.; Rebecca White Berch, former chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court; Barbara Barrett, international businesswoman, former U.S. ambassador to Finland and namesake of ASU’s Barrett Honors College; Diane Enos, former president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community; and Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder & President of Take The Lead, activist, former CEO of Planned Parenthood and faculty member of the ASU School of Social Transformation.

Push Comes to Shove: Women and Power explores this vital subject during the historical juncture in the U.S. as a woman runs for president as the nominee of a major party. The artists’ works challenge women to think about power in their everyday lives and to find ways they can make a difference. Participating artists include: Julie Anand, Malena Barnhart, Patricia Clark, Anne Coe, Grisha Coleman, Meredith Drum, Angela Ellsworth, Brooke Grucella, Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver, Mary Hood, Adriene Jenik, Siri Khandavilli, Muriel Magenta, Gabriela Muñoz, Mary Neubauer and Todd Ingalls, M. Jenea Sanchez, and Forrest Solis. SMoCA will host a symposium to bring together the advocates and artists to deepen and further this conversation on Saturday, October 15 and will welcome Guerrilla Girls founding member Frida Kahlo to teach a workshop and give a public lecture.

Organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Curated by Muriel Magenta, Ph.D., Professor of Intermedia, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, and Sara Cochran, Ph.D., SMoCA Director and Chief Curator, with the assistance of Julie Ganas, SMoCA Curatorial Coordinator.

Presenting Sponsors: SmithGroup JJR, Carrie Lynn Richardson and Paul Giancola.

Supporting Sponsor: Tamar Weiss, in loving memory of Emil Weiss.