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Every October, people across the country rally in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During these four weeks, people readjust their …

Every October, people across the country rally in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During these four weeks, people readjust their perceptions of women and the color pink. It’s a month of empowerment, of appreciation of the female form, of triumph over more than just cancer. It’s a time when women stand strong and rise up against injustice and celebrate their womanhood. Throughout San Diego, museums and galleries display striking and compelling images of women, in their innate beauty and their strength. Here are some of our favorites to put together your own female art appreciation tour this month:

“Caught in the Act,” Eleanor Antin

A local artist and a force in the women’s movement, Eleanor Antin displays juxtaposing images of femininity and power in her photography of herself as a prima ballerina and a king. In her unique theatricality, Antin encourages us to examine the ideals of female beauty and objectification. While at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, check out her series, “The Last Seven Days from Carving,” about dieting and weight loss, and Fred Lonidier’s powerful photographic series, “29 Arrests,” featuring a few brave and defiant women at an anti-Vietnam War rally.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, (858) 454-3541, mcasd.org

"BB" by ManRabbit, showing at Sparks Gallery.
“BB” by ManRabbit, showing at Sparks Gallery. (Courtesy photo)

“BB” by ManRabbit

Power duo Lee Selman & Carla Naden, collectively known as ManRabbit, create large-scale images of women that are striking, beautiful and intricate. Like tapestries and quilts, their works welcome closer inspection, inviting the eye to discover multiple layering of color, texture and meaning.

Sparks Gallery, Gaslamp Quarter, 530 Sixth Ave.,  (619) 696-1416, sparksgallery.com

Various works

Revisit the tried and true San Diego Museum of Art with new focus this month, finding powerful inspiration of the female form from world-renowned artists. Top picks include the beautiful “Female Nude Reading” by Robert Delaunay from 1915; the stunning 1910 bronze sculpture, “Torso of a Woman Walking in Water” by Aristide Maillol; a sassy and sophisticated 1937 portrait, “Mildred Myers Oldden” by Alice Neel (complete with pink blouse, striped suit, ostentatious hat and smoking stick); and Arnold Newman’s arresting 1968 photograph of art powerhouse Georgia O’Keeffe.

San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org

"Bette Hoffman" by Pablo Mason as part of "Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister's Voice," on view at the San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2 East.
“Bette Hoffman” by Pablo Mason as part of “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice,” on view at the San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2 East. (Courtesy photo)

“Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice”

A project of the Center for Community Solutions and Alexis Dixon, this photographic exhibit features 18 activist women in black-and-white, large-scale images, taken by San Diego-based photographer Pablo Mason. One of the most striking is activist Bette Hoffman, a breast cancer survivor, who looks directly into the camera, demanding our attention and awareness to a disease that affects 1 in 8 women. The exhibit runs through December.

For more information on art exhibits at the airport, visit san.org/airport-art. Find more on “My Sister’s Voice” at ccssd.org.

San Diego International Airport, Terminal 2 East, 3225 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

Laurie Delk is an avid art historian, holding a master’s degree in art history, with concentrations in the modern and postmodern movements. She has taught classes at Tulane University, and has been published with several art publications including Sculpture Magazine and New Orleans Art Review. Send ideas for art stories to lauriedelk101@gmail.com.

Source: DiscoverSD

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