March 21 - May 10, 2020
The MAC is pleased to present ‘Finding Our Way, made visible through a camera lens’ by Mary Margaret Hansen & Patsy Cravens with the short film ‘Mi’kmaw’s foolish notions of suffrage’ by Tahila C. Mintz in the new media gallery. The exhibition is on view March 21 through May 10, 2020 with an opening reception Saturday, March 21 from 6 to 9 PM.
The thing was
to break free.
Even as we remained dutiful.
The thing was
with camera in hand
we were already free.
-Mary Margaret Hansen
Through photographs, letters, personal prose, and historical objects, Finding Our Way documents the personal journeys of two women in the early 1980s during the cultural upheavals generated by the
second wave of feminism. Mary Margaret Hansen and Patsy Cravens used their cameras for self-expression, examining their place within their families and society. They captured nude photographs of
one another in domestic settings and against the rugged backdrop of Cravens’s family farm near Weimar, Texas. The exhibition conveys confinement, flight, freedom, and moving on, and along with personal reflections and letters, a first hand account of women’s roles in recent history.
One day my father said, “I want you to come downtown with me to see a judge and get your disabilities removed.” “I didn’t know I was disabled,“ I said. He explained that women in Texas could not sign a contract, buy a house, or get a credit card without their husband or father. My father gave me legal freedom.
The exhibition marks 48 years since the Texas Legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment on March 30, 1972, “granting women and men equal legal rights.”1 However, the constitutional amendment faces an unsure future since falling short of required approval of three-fourths of state legislatures before its 1979 deadline specified by congress.2 The goal of Finding Our Way is to provoke conversations on women made visible through photography and women’s issues in Texas. Finding Our Way was previously included in FotoFest & Houston Center for Photography’s Talent in Texas: New Photographic Work by Texas Artists curated by Catherine Anspon in 2015.
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