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Artists Empower Women In Nude Paintings At Peekskill Art Museum Performance

The Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill will present a performance work, “Madness & Nudity: Women in Art,” by local artist Marcy B. Freedman May 7.
The Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill will present a performance work, “Madness & Nudity: Women in Art,” by local artist Marcy B. Freedman May 7. Photo Credit: Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- “Do women have to be naked to get into the Metropolitan Museum?” is the provocative question posed on a famous Guerrilla Girls’ poster, the inspiration for artist Marcy B. Freedman to create a performance work presented Saturday, May 7 at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill.

It features her "personal statement" for Paleolithic woman, an Italian Renaissance aristocrat, a 19th century French prostitute, and an iconic female artist of the 20th century.

“For much of my career as an artist, I have brought art history into the mix,” Freedman said. “For this performance, I want to empower women who are shown nude in famous artworks created by men," she said.

The one-hour event, “Madness & Nudity: Women in Art” - was conceived by the artist and art historian Freedman and the musicians of SKIN AGAINST METAL, Nanette Garcia and Maurice Minichino.

Dancers, Mary Sofianos and Beverly Lopez and multi-disciplinary artist Jaanika Peerna, will be featured.

Working collaboratively, the artists will examine a disturbing male/female dichotomy.

"A male artist who pushes boundaries is viewed as a powerful and sexy trailblazer, a genius—a positive statement,” Garcia said.

“Look at a female who dares to break the rules – she’s labeled as hysterical or premenstrual. A woman genius is criticized, ‘Oh, she’s alcoholic, she’s no good, a negative."

The provocative program of music, dance, video and performance art will be presented at 5 p.m. at the museum on Main Street.

Entry for members is free, $5 for adult non-members, $4 for seniors/educators, $2 for students/children, and kids under 8 free.

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