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Following our philosophy of hybrid exhibition concepts across periods and tailored to extraordinary spaces, “Femme F(r)iction will be held at the historic Academy Mansion, a breathtakingly elegant townhouse on the Upper East Side.

Spanning four stories, the exhibition celebrates female artists over the last 100 years, showcasing their work within the wider contexts of identity, power, sexuality, and solidarity and bringing together renowned luminaries alongside emerging new talent.

Over 50 artists and designers will be exhibited:

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Tomma Abts, Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo, Yasmina Alaoui, Lita Albuquerque, Andrea Marie Breiling, Johanna Bath, Clarina Bezzola, Sofia Borges, Andrea Bowers, Cecily Brown, Lee Bul, Chiara Capellini, Leonora Carrington, Judy Chicago, Charlotte Colbert, Gabriella Crespi, Isabelle D, Brigitte D’Annibale, Carmen D’Appollonio, Jen DeNike, Betil Dagdelen, Daisy Dodd-Noble, Ingrid Donat, Marlene Dumas, Egg Collective, Kim Faler, Leonor Fini, Vera Frisén, Rachel Garrard, Isa Genzken, Françoise Gilot, Paula Hayes, Mary Heilmann, Loie Hollowell, Baseera Khan, Anna Kenneally, Sophie Kitching, Seffa Klein, Louise Lawler, Cesare Leonardi & Franca Stagi, Sherrie Levine, Maria Lindeman, Tamara de Lempicka, Esther Mahlangu, Sophie Matisse, Keelin Montzingo, Calli Moore, Louise Nevelson, Michele Oka Doner, Precious Opara, Naïla Opiangah, Maria Pergay, Toni Ross, Analia Saban, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Virginia San Fratello, Lola Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Jeanne Silverthorne, Emily Sundblad, Valentine de Saint-Point, Pat Steir, Rosemarie Trockel, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Faye Toogood, Maryam Turkey, Nicola Tyson, Kara Walker, Joana Vasconcelos, Leslie Wayne, Susannah Weaver, Claudia Wieser, Victoria Wilmotte, Antonia Wright, Najla El Zein.

Coinciding with the exhibition, we’re also pleased to present Salvador Dali’s masterwork “Cosmic Madonna” which has remained in the same family’s collection for the past 40 years and is being shown in New York for the first time.



About Academy Mansion NYC

The historic Academy Mansion was once home to the New York Academy of Sciences, located in the heart of the Upper East Side on 63rd and Fifth Avenue.

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Built in 1921 by Frederick Sterner for William Ziegler Jr., heir to the Royal Baking Powder Company fortune, the 75-foot-wide mansion defies convention by standing only three stories tall with a fourth set far back from the street – an unusual approach as land values went up on the gold coast running up Fifth Avenue in the 19th century, mansion owners built deeper and higher.

We look forward to welcoming you. Please make sure to Schedule Your Viewing using the link below or alternatively, you can email us at visit@c1760.art.

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Exhibition Essay

Femme F(r)iction

by Sarah Wilson

“Women – those real ‘pieces of work’ (pace Hamlet) — are the F(r)iction. Friction is a force: atomic, molecular, static, kinetic, fluid, lubricated: it makes things work: it is the essence of the caress and of pleasure. Without friction no ecstasy, as Valentine de Saint Point knew when she wrote her pioneering ‘Manifesto of Lust’ in 1913. This dreamed-for constellation of women artists, extending beyond a century in time, continues the lineages celebrated in Judy Chicago’s Dinner Table: from Cleopatra and Sappho, to artists Artemisia Gentileschi, or Georgia O’Keeffe. It expands on Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century ‘Exhibition of 31 Women’ in 1943, and Anke Kempes’ pioneering rediscoveries of female avant-gardes at Broadway 1602 in the 2000s […]”

Save Venice Lecture

The Woman Artists of Venice

C1760 alongside Zuecca Projects are pleased to announce an upcoming lecture by non-profit Save Venice, discussing their Women Artists of Venice program and highlighting the important work being done to restore and preserve the master artworks of Venice for future generations to enjoy.

This lecture forms part of a larger program of events for C1760’s Femme F(r)iction exhibition celebrating female artists of the last 100 years and being held at the historic Academy Mansion on NYC’s Upper East Side.

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The lecture will be given by Melissa Conn, Director of the Venice office of Save Venice, who leads the Women Artists of Venice program https://www.savevenice.org/project/save-venice-launches-women-artists-of-venice.  She is responsible for the conservation track in Venice where Save Venice is currently restoring five paintings by Giulia Lama (1681-1747).  Conn recently lectured on Women Artists of Venice at the Denver Art Museum and also gave two lectures on Venetian artist Giulia Lama for the Lafayette 148 fashion brand.  Following is a clip of a piece Lafayette 148 filmed for International Women’s Day on March 8th that has subsequently been used by Lafayette 148 and Save Venice to promote their Women Artists of Venice program on social media.

Lafayette 148-Giulia Lama- M. Conn, E. Smith

About Save Venice

Save Venice is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice, Italy. Since 1971, Save Venice has funded the conservation of nearly 2,000 individual artworks. In 2015, Save Venice established the Rosand Library & Study Center in Venice, creating a nexus for the research of Venetian art, history, and conservation. Save Venice also provides grants for fellowships, exhibitions, and publications to advance Venetian scholarship and conservation.

Conservation projects are selected on the basis of artistic merit, historical importance, and urgency of need by the Save Venice Board of Directors and its Projects Committee of renowned experts in the fields of art, history, and conservation. Save Venice works in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Save Venice has numerous restorations underway throughout the city, carried out by carefully selected restorers who are supervised by Venetian authorities and Save Venice staff. Save Venice’s oversight assures that donations are tracked at each step of the restoration process and are used wisely. Conservation treatments are made possible with support from individuals, foundations, and corporations that believe in a shared responsibility to preserve the world’s irreplaceable artistic and cultural treasures found in Venice.


About the Lecture
Save Venice on The Woman Artists of Venice Monday, May 15th, 2023  / 6PM

Academy Mansion
2 East 63rd Street, NYC 10065

Exhibition Images

Femme F(r)iction

11-23 MAY 2023


Exhibition Catalogue

Femme F(r)iction


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