Art exhibit captures the ‘Wonder of Women’
By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
The opening of “Capturing the Wonder of Women,” a multi-media exhibit reflecting the diversity of women’s experiences, drew hundreds of visitors to the Women’s Museum of California Dec. 7. The WMC is one of only five women’s museums in the country.
The museum recently moved from its old Golden Hill location to Liberty Station, and their first juried art show is a way of showing off their new space and reaching out to a wider audience.
“We’re recharging the whole spirit of the museum and reintroducing ourselves with this major exhibition,” said curator Li Huai, a visual arts lecturer at UC San Diego and an artist whose work has been shown locally and around the world.
Born in China, with art degrees from Beijing and California, Li is a longtime La Jolla resident whose husband also teaches at UCSD. For the exhibit, she gathered more than 150 submissions from regional artists, asking them to capture the “wonder of women” in the medium of their choice.
She selected 47 pieces to show and arranged them attractively in the new gallery. Li and guest juror Robert Pincus, senior art writer for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), selected three prize winners, who were announced at the opening.
“I like art that poses a question to the viewers, that makes people think, so the audience becomes part of the art work,” Li said.
Women’s Museum director Ashley Gardner said the exhibition is the result of a huge, huge team effort. “(Li Huai) had a vision and when she put all the pieces together; it was magic,” Gardner said.
Li called it “a dynamic tableau that testifies to the vitality, resilience and potential of women in California and beyond.” The enthusiastic crowd at the opening seemed to agree.