Untitled No. 1 (A New Set of Worries) by Jennifer Cronin; oil on canvas
Untitled No. 1 (A New Set of Worries) by Jennifer Cronin; oil on canvas Credit: Jennifer Cronin

What does it mean to be a feminist? The group exhibition Feminist to The Core at Bridgeport’s [salonlb.] loft space answers that question in a variety of visual ways via female artists from across the world. 

Together with [salonlb.], the show is presented by Curators Gone Rogue which is a creative entity founded by Susan Aurinko and Susan Blackman.  “We are two think-outside-the-box, fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants Susans who decided that Chicago artists need a different kind of presence in our city, something beyond the brick-and-mortar galleries. We’ve been popping up shows for a few years, intent on getting artists into the marketplace,” says Aurinko.  

“Everything going on in our country provoked us to reach out to women artists, to give them a voice through their art, to create a show that would encourage other women artists to express their angst and displeasure with the turn things are taking,” Aurinko explains. “Feminist to the Core is that show.”

Among the exhibiting artists are Lisa Jean Allswede, Susan Aurinko, Bridgette Bramlage, Lauren Brescia, Patty Carroll, Julie Cavaz, Laura Collins, Jennifer Cronin, Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy, Kim Dotty Hachman, Savannah Jubic, Iyomi Ho Ken, Barbara Kendrick, Aga Kubiak, Celia D Luna, Britni Mara, Paula Martinez, Bobbi Meier, Maggie Meiners, Eve Ozer, Melissa Ann Pinney, Sara Salass, Sondra Schwetman, Suzanna Scott, Shima Star, Ginny Sykes, Sydney Vise, and Holly Wong.

“These are well-known artists, taking a stand, speaking their minds through their art. [salonlb.] is a beautiful space. We felt it was a perfect fit for this exhibition,” adds Aurinko.

“At [salonlb.], our mission is to create a thoughtfully curated, alternative art experience that both engages the art community and continues to support artists,” says Lauren Brescia, founder and creative director of the space. “We look forward to introducing our patrons to these artists and their mission and welcoming art enthusiasts to the lively Bridgeport art scene.”

The show runs through Oct. 1, 2023. During this time, [salonlb.] will host related events including artist talks, workshops, performance art, and FemmeFilmFest – an evening of short films and videos by feminist filmmakers.

“We are thrilled to partner with Susan Aurinko and Susan Blackman to bring this hugely important exhibition to the gallery and put a spotlight on female artists working in a variety of mediums,” Brescia concludes. To learn more, visit www.salonlb.com.

Ms. Arvia is a Rebellious columnist and movie critic; entertainment ghostwriter; award-winning artist; and grant-winning filmmaker.