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Soho20 Member Interview: Darla Bjork

Darla Bjork has been a member of Soho20 for fifteen years and currently serves as President of the Board. In addition to being a painter, Bjork is also a psychiatrist who has had a private practice in New York City for many years. Her work has evolved from abstract portraits that reflected people she worked with in mental institutions to abstract landscapes influenced by her childhood in rural Minnesota and now by the view of the Catskill Mountains from her studio in Woodstock, NY. I was able to visit Bjork in her Tribeca studio on July 10th. Continue reading

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ATTENTION: PEOPLE WITH BODY PARTS– a post from an organization we love

Attention: People With Body Parts is a body-positive initiative with an emphasis on book-making, letter-writing, and collaborative projects. The project started in 2012 when more than forty people were asked to write to their fingernails, their skin, their cancer. These are the parts that carry stories and histories that layer our lives. They make the individual self-construct and self-destruct, and ultimately make us move. Continue reading

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Soho20 Member Interview: Elizabeth Bisbing

Elizabeth Bisbing has been a member of Soho20 since 2003. Her upcoming show, “More Life Than Still,” will be 9/2 – 9/27, with an opening on Thursday 9/4 at 6:00pm. I was able to chat with Bisbing in her studio on Monday (7/7) about her show, her time at Soho20, and a program she is developing to bring art and positive female role models to young girls. Continue reading

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Women in Charge #1: Rita Dove

In the days leading up to (and for the duration of!) our WOMEN IN CHARGE show, we will be updating our blog once a week with posts about women we admire. If you are interested in writing for our blog email info(at)soho20gallery(dot)com!

Our first post comes courtesy of Laura Grothaus, a Cincinnati-based artist and writer. Continue reading

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Wendy Davis, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Politics of Complacency

Representative democratic magic happened in the Texas Statehouse at a quarter to midnight last Tuesday. After two hours of state senators bickering over points of procedure and eleven hours of intrepid State Senator Wendy Davis articulately and passionately eviscerating SB5– a bill that would make abortion almost completely inaccessible to women in rural parts of the state– without sitting, leaning, eating, or using the restroom, Davis’s colleague, Senator Leticia Van De Putte issued a call to arms. Senator Van De Putte, who had left her father’s funeral in order to attend the hearing, demanded, “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” Continue reading

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