Women on the Line explores the formal and metaphorical implications of lines. To suggest that someone or something is “on the line” is to acknowledge both its vulnerability and necessity.
This metaphor is particularly potent for the artists of A.I.R. Gallery, whose 45-year old mission has always been to support a demographic of artists whose work has been systematically underrepresented and critically under-recognized. Their feminist desires and demands have been embedded into the structure of the gallery and continue to unfold in their artistic practices. To this day, some A.I.R. artists explicitly create feminist projects while others address feminism in more abstract modes. The intent is not to identify an essentializing femininity; rather, the exhibition demonstrates how feminist artists today are furthering women artists’ concerns through formal and emotive techniques.
Women on the Line completes an exchange of exhibitions of women artists at two artist-run galleries, A.I.R. Gallery in New York and Studio 44 in Stockholm. Another Nature was shown in New York in February 2016 at A.I.R. Gallery. Both exhibitions investigate the relationships between the artistic practices of women in the US
and in Sweden.