Hamilton Gallery displays work from feminist artist Coral Woodbury
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery and the Department of Art and Art History are pleased to host “Coral Woodbury: The Question Is,” an exhibition of paintings and mixed media works that critically reinterpret Western artistic heritage from a feminist perspective. The exhibit runs through March 10.
Who knows what goes through an artist’s mind? Perhaps what matters more is what goes through a person’s mind when viewing art. The artist, after all, has left the room — but art speaks individually. “Coral Woodbury: The Question Is” is a playful invitation to dialogue with art in a way seldom encountered.
Coral Woodbury approaches this show as a teaching exhibition befitting a University setting. Organizing it around works from diverse series, studies and explorations, it’s a peek into artistic practice that usually remains behind studio doors. This body of work encompasses internationally exhibited projects as well as unresolved compositions and queries, what might be called “B sides.” Accompanying questions provoke engagement and discussion, as well as invoke a little mystery.
Woodbury has participated in numerous residencies, including in Italy with rosenclaire, with whom she has worked for nearly 30 years. In 2020, she was a finalist for the international Mother Art Prize, culminating in the Procreate Project Exhibition at Cromwell Place in London. Last year, in addition to two solo shows, she participated in “Call and Response” at Newport Art Museum.
In 2018, Woodbury took part in “Humanities Approaches to the Opioid Crisis” at Boston University; in the International Traveling Art exhibition at Taragaon Museum, Nepal; and in the #00Bienal de la Habana, Cuba. She is represented by Abigail Ogilvy in Boston and HackelBury Fine Art in London, where her show “Palimpsest” is currently on view and for which she gave a talk with renowned feminist art historian Griselda Pollock at the University of Cambridge’s New Hall Art Collection. All this while raising three children.
Located in the Antone Academic Center, the gallery is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence and Leroy Avenues. Its exhibits are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed on Mondays.