painted back my smile ink, hand embroidery and appliqué on vintage textile 51" x 47"

TENDED, Lyles & King, 19 Henry St, New York, NY 10002

Lyles & King is pleased to present TENDED, a solo exhibition by Zoë Buckman. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Zoë Buckman effortlessly merges multiple mediums—embroidery, textiles, appliqué, sculpted forms, painting, and drawing—into an urgent body of composite work that strikes far beyond the sum of its parts. Her fabric flatworks are a dense textured weave—portraits and scenes of personal history, collective trauma and experience—that spool an ongoing narrative through their pictorial and textual juxtapositions. Incorporating vintage fabrics as a canvas, fabrics that are more often associated with ‘women’s work’— table coverings, dish cloths, and tea towels—Buckman’s work is imprinted with a powerful female presence throughout.

Buckman has addressed themes that are hard pressing and vital: female outrage, gendered violence, reproductive rights, terminal illness and grief. But, as the title portends, there is a softness at heart in this new collection of work. While still confronting issues with characteristic boldness, Buckman focuses instead on celebrating the people in her life—a community that is largely female and genderqueer—who offer a resilient kindness and support for each other in spite of personal and societal confrontation. “It’s a privilege of the female experience,” she explains. “A propensity towards our community and having each other’s back.”

At the center of many of the works on display is a figurative element—a character (or characters) often drawn in broad inky strokes, or pinned down in the wavering threads of sewn lines. Buckman’s original reference images for these characters are sublimated from personal photographs which the artist nostalgically perused during the isolated moments of the Covid-19 lockdown. At the edges of the frame are textual and typographic dialogues, pulled and edited from her own diaristic process of recording spooling notes about her friendships and dialogues on her smartphone.

A pressing example is drink tea clean, where Buckman displays her narrative and material prowess. In the foreground is an embroidered reproduction of a photograph taken of the artist’s mother, washing her hair just before her first cancer treatment. Framing this intimate scene are a series of texts Buckman received from her mother nine years after this initial photograph was taken. Terminally ill at that moment, her mother’s personality is clear through her text’s idiom, capitalization, and syntax. Buckman memorializes and cements her mother’s strength and resilience, sewing it onto the fabric’s surface, thus contrasting with our present where photography and textual communication can be reduced to deletable and binary 0s and 1s. Here, are artifacts imbued with a deeply human urge to pin down—in this case literally with thread and needle—memories and moments that matter.

There exists a clear tension between Buckman’s intention to highlight these moments of care, alongside texts that are lined with justified radical rage. This harnessing of opposing forces is present throughout. Not only thematic, it can be seen in the contrast between her chosen soft materials and hard messages, and between the structure of typographic forms and the gestural abstraction of her wavering figures. These considered divergences are skillful, displaying the mature workings of an artist with much to tell us about herself, her community, and the world around her. At a moment where many political machinations seek to mitigate uniquely feminine powers, Buckman stands forth. Clearly, a woman’s work is never done.

On view from September 5 – October 14

BLOODWORK, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon St, London W1B 4BT, United Kingdom

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present BLOODWORK, the first UK solo exhibition of London-born, Brooklyn-based artist Zoë Buckman. Buckman’s practice takes an explicitly feminist and activist approach. Often reacting to pervasive issues in patriarchal society, her work explores experiences of gendered violence and trauma, both from a personal and social perspective. Working predominantly with embroidery on vintage textiles, Buckman brings together elements of old and new, highlighting the shared, cross-generational nature of these experiences. With an emphasis on joy, exultation and resilience, Buckman’s work posits the possibility that sisterhood and the spiritual concept of the divine feminine can act as an antidote to suffering itself.

Buckman’s latest body of work, BLOODWORK, focuses on portraits of survivors of sexual assault, miscarriage, illness or persecution, and their radical embracement of joy in the face of such adversity. Based primarily on photographs taken by Buckman of her own close circle, the subjects depicted are seen to be thriving in the wake of prior or persisting pain. In the work lately I see your ribbons & your bows, a cancer survivor is captured in a moment of ecstasy; with scars visible from surgery, her arms are thrown up behind her head, her expression euphoric. Inspired by rave culture and the liberating, transformative qualities of music, BLOODWORK renders many of its figures dancing across the fabric in a state of dynamism.

Much of Buckman’s recent work has emerged from her own writings. In Show Me Your Bruises, Then, a long-form poem inaugurated in 2018 and later developed into the artist’s first film of the same name, she explores themes of consent, power and violence, whilst simultaneously highlighting the sense of community and kinship that abounds and uplifts the femme-bodied experience. Her scrutiny of the body is at once profoundly personal and political, Buckman’s own experiences serving as a lens on the US Supreme Court’s regressive rollback of abortion rights and her adopted country’s lack of universal health care. In Dilation & Curettage, a hanging cluster of red and pink embroidered boxing gloves evoke something heavy, gorgeous and bloody, as Buckman weighs up the physical, emotional, spiritual and often financial consequences of abortion and miscarriage. The inherent reclamation of personhood in this process, both bodily and psychological, is a key theme for the artist, whose work mines the broader condition of living in a less privileged body.

Film screening of Show Me Your Bruises, Then: Friday 2 September, 6.30 pm, No. 9 Cork Street, London W1S 3LL

Please note this event is free to the public, but booking is required: gallery@houldsworth.co.uk

Show Me Your Bruises, Then (2021-2022) is a 3-channel video installation, written, performed and directed by Zoë Buckman, and featuring actors Cush Jumbo and Sienna Miller. Based on the artist’s free-flowing poem of the same name, the work builds a portrait of the multigenerational experience of domestic violence, and explores the shame and stigma prescribed to the female body in a patriarchal society. Although excerpts of the poem have appeared as text within Buckman’s embroidery works and in the titles of pieces, this is the first time it is presented in its entirety.

On view from September 2 – October 1, 2022.


Another Justice: Us is Them, Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976

On view in the Parrish galleries, outdoors on the Museum grounds, and as digital billboards on the Shinnecock Monuments on Sunrise Highway, Another Justice: US is Them includes nearly 30 works by 12 contemporary artists—many created specifically for the exhibition—in mixed media, sculpture, site-specific installation, wall painting, and photography.

The participating artists have collaborated with For Freedoms to encourage audience participation through art, collaboration, and cultural strategy. A robust schedule of public programs during the run of the exhibition will delve into overarching themes and specific works.

Planned in conjunction with For Freedoms’ ongoing campaign, Another Justice: By Any Medium Necessary, the works on view will be a call to the community to reconvene, and reconsider what justice can be in a time of imbalance. Together, they will ask the viewer to imagine a just world. How do we get there from here? What is your role?

While Buckman’s embroideries explore joy as an antidote to violence against women, Minaya’s collaged photographs of camouflaged figures address idealization of female bodies. Olujimi’s drawings of U.S. presidential assassins ask who gets to render justice and on whose behalf? Thomas’ large-scale textile works, made of deconstructed U.S. flags and prison uniforms, investigate the fabric of our nation, while Gottesman obscures or reimagines images of violence and appropriated indigeneity by white makers. Council’s sculptures, built from factory conveyor belts and painted in brilliant color, relate to her family’s history working in the nearby potato fields. Outdoors, Malik’s boat evokes a collective travel towards a more just world, and Thomas’ neon sign honors those who actively participate in society but are not often recognized.

On view from July 23, 2022 to November 6, 2022.


By a Thread, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, 81 Barclay St, New York, NY 10007

By a Thread is a group exhibition that features contemporary artists working in unique ways with thread, fiber, textiles, and sewing and weaving techniques. Each has developed a compelling approach, both conceptually and materially, resulting in a group of striking works that expand notions of textile-based works, while engaging with wide-ranging issues, including aspects of identity and gender, science fiction and propaganda, and formal aesthetic relationships.

In recent years, a notable number of contemporary artists have been creating works with or incorporating aspects of textile techniques in their work. The history of textiles, which is the most fundamental human technology, can be understood as the story of civilization itself, and the varied preoccupations of the participating artists demonstrate the breadth of current social and cultural concerns.

Works on view include Jacquard tapestries by George Bolster that reflect ways in which aspects of science fiction and reality merge, particularly in ongoing scientific investigations of extra-terrestrial life. Barrow Parke (Sarah Parke and Mark Barrow) have created a site-specific installation for this exhibition through a collaborative process that brings together their expertise in weaving, textile production, painting, and design. Kate Shepherd works in a range of disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Her woven and needlepoint works reflect her larger approach to issues of process and to relationships between figure and ground, and line and color. Rachel Mica Weiss, whose practice is informed by both weaving and architecture, explores aspects of density and weight, and ethereality and tension, in the site-specific, thread-based work on view. Multi-disciplinary artist Zoë Buckman, who embraces an explicitly feminist approach, has sewn and embroidered works that delve into issues of identity, gender, and violence. Latrelle Rostant creates unique woven sculptural works using an unconventional modular loom of her own invention. Her works tease out issues of process, as well as aspects of identity. Tamika Rivera has created a large-scale hanging sculptural work for this exhibition; her fiber-based sculptures draw on her ancestry and advocacy of Taíno culture. Manuela Gonzalez connects the history of abstraction to quilting and to issues of identity, through formal and familial references to craft and pattern.

On view from June 9, 2022 – August 19, 2022

We Flew Over the Wild Winds of Wild Fires, Mother Gallery,  368 Broadway #415, New York, NY 10013

The two person exhibition, We Flew Over The Wild Winds of Wild Fires centers the work of artists, Zoë Buckman and Vanessa German in a dialogue which seeks to illuminate the complex and complementary processes which allow each artist a direct line of inquiry towards the reclamation of the ancestral—as a key to build resilience, reclaim personal sovereignty, and celebrate outward expressions of joy. —Paola Oxoa

On view from June 25, 2022 – September 18, 2022

Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art,  MAD Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019.

The first global survey exhibition dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art examines work by thirty-five international contemporary artists, from established names to emerging voices, several of whom will be exhibiting for the first time in the United States. By making or altering clothing for expressive purposes, these artists create garments, sculpture, installation, and performance art that transform dress into a critical tool. Adopted globally as an artistic strategy, garmenting uses the language of fashion to challenge traditional divisions of form and function, cast a critical eye on the construction of gender, advance political activism, and address cultural difference.

Live performances and activations involving five of the artists in Garmenting will be presented on-site throughout the exhibition. 


On view from March 12, 2021 – August 14, 2022.

How Do We Know the World? , Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 

This two-year reinstallation of the museum’s contemporary art collection examines the ways artists have produced new forms of knowledge about the world. Nearly 100 works made primarily by Black and female artists—and many new to the collection—will reframe the museum’s holdings and follow artists in their expansive thinking and prismatic explorations of social, historical, and environmental perspectives. Among the themes explored in the exhibition are care, progress, wayfinding, witnessing, reckoning, and legacy. Grouped within and across these interrelated subjects are dynamic works across media by Robert Colescott, Paul Chan, Jadé Fadojutimi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rashid Johnson, Gisela McDaniel, Meleko Mokgosi, Martine Syms, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Kay WalkingStick, Wilmer Wilson IV, and many others. The BMA is committed to telling stories that reflect the true spectrum and diversity of voices and experiences in our world. The reinstallation of the contemporary wing speaks to the museum’s commitment to sharing narratives that expand the art historical canon. As this story is continually evolving, nearly half of the works will change every six months during the two-year presentation.  
“On the heels of 2020 Vision, this reappraisal and reinstallation embraces the porosities of social and cultural histories from which these collection works emerge. We’re listening to the featured artists’ stories and forging new connections. This installation is also an invitation to you. Challenge us. Question us. There is no official accounting of life,” said Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe, co-curators of How Do We Know the World?.  

On view from November 14, 2021 – September 2023.

NOMI, Pippy Houldsworth, 6 Heddon St, London W18 4BT

Born in London in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, Zoë Buckman’s multidisciplinary practice incorporates sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, and large-scale public installations. Adopting an explicitly feminist approach, her work explores identity, trauma, and gendered violence, subverting preconceived notions of vulnerability and strength.

NOMI is the artist’s first solo presentation in London and marks a powerful and timely homecoming. The exhibition presents a focused body of work that was born from grief and trauma. Over the past two years, Buckman has undertaken a difficult, complex and spiritual journey resulting in a tentative yet defiant proclamation of love and joy as an antidote to the darker side of life. From a real voyage in India, to a psychological journey with EMDR, an interactive psychotherapy technique, Buckman lays herself vulnerable in new works which play with dualities of hard and soft, masculine and feminine, domestic and surreal.

“The limiting and confining conditions of 2020 triggered memories for me of the times I’ve been held back, literally or symbolically, by patriarchal forces. It put me further in touch with an internal source that exists inside us all: a well of freedom and joy where our wilder instincts originate. I see this force in the women who surround me, in the Divine Feminine, and within myself.” Zoe Buckman, November 2020.

Buckman often plays with unexpected juxtapositions in her choice of presentation and source material. Incorporating vintage fabrics such as household linens, and in previous works lingerie and wedding dresses, Buckman teases out narrative from the previous life of the materials that inhabit a feminine and domestic sphere. Text is an integral part of her practice and Buckman’s snippets often bear witness to violence, aggression and grief.  It is through elegant combinations employing natural forms and dancing figures, and an unashamedly beautiful presentation, that Buckman ensures hope and joy resonant throughout the show.

Her alter ego, NOMI, is expressed in works that reclaim the serpentine motif from negative patriarchal connotations. Her snakes are all powerful, skin shedding, weaving their way on the page between chakras and handwritten excerpts from her ongoing poem, Show Me Your Bruises Then. Her hanging sculptures created using boxing gloves unite associations of violence and masculinity with a kind of pristine, sweat and impact free femininity.

Her latest work creates space for multiple narratives, enigmatic forms and elevates the ‘unfinished’. Stains mark the page, threads hang loose, text is not always sewn but sometimes printed and pinned on. Consequently, a raw edge permeates and the collage works feel like they are in the act of becoming. NOMI is given free reign, birthing powerful serpent deities with doilies, photography, textiles and ink. Buckman makes work from a personal and introspective position but always engages directly with her audience, inviting them to make their own associations, realizations and even space for healing. 

On view from February 12, 2021 – March 13, 2021

She Says: Women, Words and Power, MOCA, 2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

She Says: Women, Words and Power presents a broad range of approaches contemporary women artists are using with the incorporation of text as an essential part of their artistic practice. Each artist creates and reflects the written word as a formal building block: as way to convey trauma, to assert sexuality, or to investigate power structures on all levels. The artists come from a wide range of backgrounds and are at different stages of their lives and careers, yet, for each one text acts as a powerful visual punch. Their use of text navigates a delicate balance between image and language, personal and universal, or politics and poetry. In their investigations and declarations, we find connection, identity, and a mirror reflecting not only ourselves but the world in which we live.

On view from July 15 – October 24, 2021.

THIS IS AMERICA, Kunstraum Potsdam, Schiffbauergasse 4D, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

THIS IS AMERICA  brings together 36 artists, US and foreign-born, who have chosen to call the United States their home. Primarily featuring works created in 2020 and 2021, this exhibition reflects a global sense of precocity and provides a kaleidoscopic view into a country plagued by injustice and inequality. Representing a cross-section of experiences, the artworks included in THIS IS AMERICA contend with a range of issues from housing insecurity and the opioid epidemic to domestic violence and police brutality.

Touching on themes of female experience and resistance, the British-American artist Zoë Buckman (b. 1985 London, UK) will exhibit two sculptures that suspend boxing gloves embellished with embroidery, domestic textiles, ribbons, and bows. Hanging from heavy industrial chains, these sculptures grapples with misogyny and domestic violence by juxtaposing coarse materials and forms traditionally associated with masculine aggression with delicate fabrics and handwork embroidery. feather canyons (2020), one of Buckman’s largest groupings to date, proposes a vision of feminine strength that defies gender expectations.

On view from August 8 – September 5, 2021.

The Box, Pippy Houldsworth, 6 Heddon St, London W18 4BT

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present, No bleach thick enough, a new work by Zoë Buckman commissioned for The Box. Running from 24 January to 25 April 2020, this will be the artist’s first solo project in the UK.

Buckman’s artistic practice draws on an explicitly feminist perspective, exploring gender, identity and violence. Her multi-disciplinary approach incorporates sculpture, textiles, ceramics and photography as well as large-scale public installations. No bleach thick enough belongs to the artist’s ongoing series entitled Show Me Your Bruises Then. This body of work, comprising text embroidered onto vintage textiles such as dishcloths and table runners, draws on the artist’s own experience to explore gendered violence in the domestic sphere, both physical and psychological. Buckman’s use of text, intensely personal and often confessional in tone, establishes an intimate and emotionally charged relationship with the viewer. Her words draw on diverse sources, from the lyrics of hip-hop or Keats, to the work of her late mother, the playwright Jennie Buckman, as well as her own writings.

In this new work, fragments of text are embroidered onto two vintage handkerchiefs, each suspended within the space of The Box, one slightly obscuring the other: but as the pill kicks in, neatly embroidered in black capital letters and he was waiting in her kitchen, hand embroidered in loose mohair thread. By choosing textiles traditionally used and decorated by women, the artist makes visible labour that often goes unnoticed. Each vintage piece bears traces of its past, pointing to a history of oppression, but also to the need for, and to the comfort of intergenerational dialogue. Scrunched up in a pocket or tucked into a sleeve, the handkerchiefs recall their intimacy with the body, whilst their function points to the mess of tears and blood, and a desire to mop these up. In contrast, the work’s title alludes to a harsher form of housework, with the image of bleach used to explore the ways in which domestic violence is erased.

In the viewing room is also installed a new sculpture, Surely you touched mine. The work comprises two boxing gloves, one covered in white, vintage embroidered linen, the other in a green flowered dish cloth and partially covered with hand-sewn flowers in the same material that tumble downwards. Balanced atop one another, the two are suspended by a heavy industrial chain, coated white. The gloves clasp hands in a gesture of hostility or friendship, reflecting their double function to protect the body and harm their opponent. Bringing together qualities traditionally perceived as conflicting – masculine/feminine, hard/soft, art/craft, decorative/functional – Buckman looks to articulate a space in between.

Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment was organized in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and as Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the world. The exhibition centers on the achievements that granted some women the right to vote and the pervasive and enduring intersections of racism, sexism and misogyny that disfigure American culture and society. Moving between a mythological past and an uncertain future, Bound up Togetherhighlights myriad ways in which women’s experiences and interdependent histories are entangled in the very structures that deny intersectional nuances and complexities. The exhibition presents video, installation, works on paper, painting, photography, sculpture, sound, performance and participatory programs that represent the likenesses, voices, memories and collective experiences of countless women and their communities in works that honor, agitate and imagine new possibilities.

At the center of Bound up Together is a portrait wall honoring a spectrum of women from Biblical figures to unsung activists in works by Indira Cesarine, Maya Ciarrocchi, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Mary Dwyer, and Valerie Suter. Speaking to the absence of public sculptures of women, Christine Biaggi, Julia Justo, LuLu LoLo, and Yvonne Shorttconceived of monuments designed by and for the people. Agitation and protest are manifest in the narratives underlying works by Donna Bassin, Zoë Buckman, Alicia Grullón, Katrina Majkut, Ameya Okamoto, and Shellyne Rodriguez.

Jasmine Wahi: Abortion Is Normal, Arsenal Contemporary, 214 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

New York, NY – – Downtown for Democracy, the cultural Super PAC, is pleased to announce the second part of Abortion Is Normal, an exhibition organized by a collective of cultural practitioners as an urgent call-to-action to raise both awareness and funding in support of accessible, safe, and legal abortion. This show comes at a time when legal abortion is under acute attack throughout the United States, with fifty-eight restrictive laws passed in the United States since January 2019 alone. Simultaneously, the 1973 landmark ruling, Roe vs. Wade, which federally sanction the right to choose, is in jeopardy of being reversed.

All the women. In me. Are tired, THE CLUB, Gonzaga Six 6F, 6-10-1 Gonzaga, Chou-Ku, Tokyo 104-0061

THE CLUB aims to not only support artists and their works, but also, to support and enhance the independent curators in the art world.

For the second “Opus” exhibition: “all the women. in me. are tired,” THE CLUB invites New York based independent curator Jasmine Wahi, who has curated works by international female artists.

The exhibition introduces eight artists from different generations, including the well-respected Marilyn Minter, an American visual artist, whose video work “My County ‘Tis of Thee’” recently premiered at Simon Lee Gallery in London last June, and Hiba Schahbaz, a young Pakistani artist whose work has attracted wide range of media and The Dean Collection (founded by Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz.) Both in their thirties, Wahi and THE CLUB director Yukako Yamashita, having Indian and Japanese cultural roots respectively started their art world careers in similar ways. Through the Western art world, the two sympathize through their mutual questioning of the stereotyping of sexuality and skin color in contemporary society, which has resulted in their collaboration for this show. Through the work of its eight female artists, this exhibition explores strategies and concrete examples of how women today can live their lives freely.

Heavy RagFort Gansevoort , 5 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10014

Culled from deeply personal experience, the exhibition embraces the domestic archetype by balancing an ambiguity between vulnerability and strength.

Occupying the three floors of the gallery, the bodies of work are interconnected by the manifestation of the artist’s relationship to physical spaces—the home, her mother’s kitchen table, the boxing gym. After learning of her mother’s terminal diagnosis, Buckman began to employ a variety of techniques and materials traditionally adorned by women; embroidered tea towels, quilting and pottery. The works which take form as misshapen tea cups, clusters of boxing gloves, and framed flatworks are intrinsically referential to the bodily form; all at once unveiling a complex dichotomy of trauma and pleasure and the slippage in between.

Buckman uses everyday domestic objects such as crockery and linens as a nod to the rituals that galvanized the bond between herself and her mother. Having a cup of tea at the kitchen table, wiping away a spill, the attempted removal of blood, are common everyday moments that gain both personal and universal dimensions. The ceramics emulate a feeling of loss and trauma from their decaying non-functioning form, while the series of tea towels present a moment of stability and strength through the embroidered text and formal presentation.

Text is omnipresent in Buckman’s work, yet the meaning of these words and their implications are not straightforward. The verses are derived from multiple sources ranging from teenage trauma and her exploration of domination and submission; to the very words penned by her late mother, playwright and teacher, Jennie Buckman. For example, the piece entitled The Curse,is a flatwork of a hand embroidered vintage tea towel which reads “For this you need thick bleach and euphemisms.” By layering her mother’s words with her own response to life encounters, the artist pays homage to the collective memory of shared experience.

To that end, in an attempt to articulate her own grieving Buckman also sought inspiration and solace in the work of feminist artists before her.

“I found myself looking back at the women upon whose shoulders I feel I stand, as a way of processing impending loss. Louise Bourgeois and her textile works were a massive inspiration for this series.”

Banter, the duo of boxing gloves which hang from the ceiling at the standard height of a training gym, moves the conversation towards emotions that lie beyond language. The piece presents a metaphor of aggression versus support. The two boxing gloves, both a protective and harmful tool in a male dominated sport, are clothed in differing dish cloths. Perhaps opponents, the gloves are at a glance delicately balanced on top of one another, simultaneously bringing to question whether they are holding each other up or tearing each other down. Heavy Rag is a journey through the hauntingly beautiful reality of grief, struggle and strength resulting in a multi-generational portrait of the contemporary female experience.

Furies, Fairies, VisionairiesPen+Brush, 29 East 22nd Street, New York, NY

Furies, Fairies, Visionaries features works by thirty artists utilizing the visual languages of both fantasy and abstraction to claim and create space. Addressing gender, age, and sexuality; the evolution of urban and natural environments; the impact of technology, and more, these artists articulate profound, incisive, perspectives on current issues and conditions. Inspired by personal experiences, popular culture, concerns about climate change and socio-political inequities, as well as by formal and philosophical explorations of the nature of space and perception, these works demonstrate the vital need for women’s visions and voices to be seen and heard. Whether navigating interior, imaginative realms or exterior, physical reality, women artists are taking and making more space in the struggle to create a more inclusive, equitable world.

The exhibition will be on view from January 25th to March 16, 2019.

LET HER RAVE, Gavlak Gallery, 1034 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Gavlak Los Angeles is pleased to present Let Her Rave, an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn based artist Zoë Buckman. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with Gavlak and coincides with the unveiling of her first public sculpture at The Standard hotel in West Hollywood, produced by Art Production Fund.

Zoë Buckman is a multi-disciplinary artist best known for her politically charged sculptures, installations and photographs. Rooted in activism against social constructs that historically and presently oppress women, her works straddle a delicate balance between notions of: masculine and feminine, industrial and handmade, craft and “high” art, personal and collective, explosive and restrained. The artist thoughtfully develops this balance in order to make her work accessible to both men and women and promote a dialogue about the underlying issues of gender equality, and the safety of violence against women and girls.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a stanza in Ode on Melancholy, a poem by the eighteenth century English Romantic poet John Keats:

Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows
Imprison her soft hand, and let her rave
And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes

The ode offers an exaggerated explanation of how a man should cope with grief, suggesting that he seek out beauty in all objects and do so by objectifying a woman. A longtime admirer of Keats’ poetry, Buckman struggled to see past this antiquated notion of female subjection and roles of women in society, using it as a revisionist platform and feminist “call to arms” for her work. This takes the form of two neon text works that literally highlight Keats’ words in striking red stating “let her rave.” A white neon sculpture entitled Ring, reads “imprison her soft hands” in the shape of a circle, referencing an unbreakable bind, a wedding ring, and patriarchal society’s expectations that women be pure and chaste.

Also for the exhibition the artist created a series of hanging boxing glove sculptures made from worn wedding dresses. The soft silk and lace intricately sewn onto boxing gloves and suspended from a metal chain juxtapose notions of demure and delicate feminine sensibilities with the strong, feminist fighting for equality. In addition, one
notices how the textiles are stressed and bursting at the seams, further challenging the notion of female confinement. This is formal tension of materials also appears in Buckman’s three “paintings” quilted into geometric patterns using the worn wedding gowns stretched like a canvas. By employing a “lower” art form of craft, the artist elevates the traditional female practice transforming it into minimalist painting associated with the male modernist canon.


21st CENTURY WOMENThe Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London

Curators Fru Tholstrup and Jane Neal bring a host of British female artists to our new Mayfair gallery to celebrate the centenary of (some but not all) women receiving the right to vote in Britain, creating a powerful new exhibition of emerging and established contemporary British women artists.

Launching in tandem with Frieze art week, the show includes British artists who examine the role of women in contemporary society; others who are motivated by the body politics surrounding the objectification of the female form; and those who question the fractured sense of being that many contemporary women feel today. Some of the artists included have chosen work that is not intended to be read and interpreted through the lens of their sex. This is a show about the freedom of women to make the art that they choose.

This exhibition was on view from October 8th, 2018 to October 31st, 2018.

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDEREIU Tarble Arts Center, 2010 9th St., Charleston, IL 61920

Juxtaposing the work of established and emerging artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, In the Eye of the Beholder is an exhibition featuring the diverse artistic practices of women artists from 1968 to present. The exhibition connects the work of established women artists with the work of contemporary emerging women artists, to create a dialogue about the nature and realization of “feminism,” from its past to the present, and the collective expectation for future progress. The work featured within In the Eye of the Beholder displays the achievements and challenges of the roles women have played and continue to perform within our society. The exhibition at times contains provocative imagery and subject matters, but also strives to create dialogue, reflection, and reconciliation about the roles of women in society past, present, and future. In the Eye of the Beholder was co-curated by Rehema Barber, Director and Chief Curator of the Tarble Arts Center and Erin J. Gilbert, Curator of African-American manuscripts, Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

The exhibition was on view from August 18, 2018 to December 16, 2018

HEAVY RAGalbertz benda, 515 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001.

New York, NY – Zoë Buckman presents an entirely new installation entitled ‘Heavy Rag’ that addresses motherhood and the domestic sphere as sources of both oppression and empowerment.

In Heavy Rag, the artist has quilted vintage French tea towels into complex and striking patterns that deviate from the familiar red-and-white checkered linen.  Quilted panels completely envelope a boxing punching bag – a recurring element in her work – which hangs in the center of the room as a commanding presence.

Two audio recordings – of Buckman’s training sessions at an underground boxing gym and the artist giving birth – play on a loop in the gallery.  The audio clips are different lengths, at times syncing, mingling, and drowning each other out.   It is not clear whether the voices in the recordings are in pain or ecstasy, yet the combined effects of the sounds elicit a sense of endurance, physical strain, and release.

OH WHAT A WORLD! WHAT A WORLD! The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901.

“Oh, what a world! What a world!” are the last words spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West as she melts away in the film, The Wizard of Oz. Despite her status as a villain, there is pathos in those final words: Was she bemoaning her fate at the hands of a cruel world, or wistfully lamenting the beauty of the world as she passed from it? The melting witch is an apt metaphor for the loss of control many people felt in the wake of the contentious 2016 presidential election. Since then, American society has become increasingly polarized, with a heightened state of anxiety about the future of the country and the world. The Main Gallery exhibition Oh, What a World! What a World! examines how artists are responding to these recent changes. With new urgency, their work addresses issues such as climate change, immigration, politics, gender identity, race relations, feminism, and the state of our democracy.

The exhibition was on view from June 1 to September 9,  2018

THE IDEAL FEMININE/ THE FEMININE IDEAL? Winston Wachter Gallery, 530 W. 25th street, New York, NY 10001.

The current political and cultural climate has refocused the world’s attention on the female body, the abuse it has suffered as well as the strength within every woman that defies historical prejudice and injustice. Barbara Kruger’s battle cry: “Your Body Is a Battleground” has never been truer. What has changed is that we are no longer content to simply offer our coy laments about the treatment of women by men in power. Perhaps for the first time in history, women are banding together, speaking out, using the legal system to bring their abusers to stand public trials, supporting one another as we move forward to a new era of feminism, equality and a future where our daughters will no longer feel afraid and be treated on par with their male counterparts. What is the role, the power, the future of the female body? What is the ideal feminine?

This show proposes to use the gallery as a platform to examine the way artists, mostly female, sees the female body as the ideal feminine. Can a female body be an ideal? What is that feminine ideal? Does it exist? Does it attract, repel, and exhibit strength, weakness? What are our expectations for the feminine ideal? Twelve artists have been invited to participate in the Ideal Feminine? show, each dealing with the notion of the female form in an individual way through a variety of materials, techniques, styles and interpretations.

The exhibition was on view from May 23 to July 31, 2018.

IMPRISON HER SOFT HAND, Project for Empty Space, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ

Project for Empty Space presents Imprison Her Soft Hand, Zoë Buckman’s third solo exhibition debuting pieces from her new series Let Her Ravealong with works from Mostly It’s Just Uncomfortable, Every Curve, and Present Life. The project is part of Project For Empty Space’s GRAB BACK: PES Feminist Incubator SpaceTaking both its title and inspiration from John Keats’ Romantic-era poem “Ode on Melancholy,” Imprison Her Soft Hand navigates the complexities of traditional ‘femininity’ and female empowerment. Her ‘prettying’ of female medical objects and imagery, speaks to this complicated narrative around the female nature. Also, by outfitting bunches of boxing gloves in reconstituted wedding dress fabric, Buckman explores the complex aggressions that women face each day. Her use of seemingly discordant textures- ‘tough’ materials such as rough metal with soft ‘feminine’ fabrics, further speaks to this idea, as well as the idea that not only can women be both ‘feminine’ and ‘ferocious’, but that women must be that way. The clusters of boxing gloves from Let Her Rave are not only a symbolic critique of patriarchal structures; but also, reflects her own love of the sport and advocacy for women to become more involved in the sport not only as a means of self defense; but also, as a form of physical, emotional, and mental empowerment. This body of work will be shown from February 22 to April 1, 2017.


THE FUTURE IS FEMALE, 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Multimedia works by international artists such as Zoe Buckman, Zanele Muholi, and Saya Woolfalk make strong feminist statements in this timely exhibition of contemporary art. Investigating identity, consumer culture, history, and power, the art featured in The Future is Female illuminates both the consequences of and the persistence of the struggle for equality.

Zoe Buckman’s Champ, a sculpture of female reproductive organs rendered in neon light with white boxing gloves, encapsulates the theme of struggle and persistence. Part of the series Mostly It’s Just UncomfortableChamp is part of Zoe Buckman’s response to the attack on Planned Parenthood in the United States, the consequent deprivation of access to free sexual health care, as well as the attempted curtailing of a woman’s right to make choices concerning her own body.

Embellished with materials from bridal gowns and veils, boxing gloves are the central element in Buckman’s series, Let Her Rave, which responds to 19th-century poet John Keats’s expression of male dominance in “Ode to Melancholy.” The prevalence of craft-based practices such as sewing and embroidery in 21st-century contemporary art is a legacy of the feminist art of the 1970s. Buckman’s combination of traditionally feminine materials with boxing gloves is both an assertion of feminist power and an invitation to join the fight.

The Future is Female will be on view at the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati from November 18, 2017 to September 1, 2018.

GIVE US THE VOTE, ArtsWestchester Gallery, White Plains, NY

ArtsWestchester’s Give Us The Vote is inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. This contemporary art exhibition in downtown White Plains examines the state of voting rights in America today.

The idea that American democracy is government “by the people, for the people” is fundamental to our national identity, yet the history of who has access to the ballot box in America is troubled. The right to vote is the most contested in American democracy. Give Us the Vote is a contemporary art exhibition inspired by the one hundredth anniversary of the victory for women’s voting rights in New York State, and examines the state of voting rights in America today.

The suffragist movement was one of the most powerful grassroots political movement of the 20th century. Women and men from all walks of life rallied together to win women an equal say in the democratic process and full recognition as citizens. The battle for the ballot raged through the Civil Rights Movement leading to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ensuring that the right to vote would not be denied on account of race or color. Still, not every citizen has equal access to the polls. Each election cycle reveals remaining disenfranchised populations and raises controversy about who should, can and does vote. In addition to recognizing the achievements of the suffragists, artworks will address the many enduring barriers to the ballot including gerrymandering, stringent voter registration requirements, voter registration roll purges, and revisions to the Voting Rights Act. Give Us The Vote will be on view from October 10 to January 27, 2017.

RE-IMAGINING A SAFE SPACEGulf + Western Gallery, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY

Re-imagining A Safe Space, co-curated by Deborah Willis and Melissa Harris, will explore critical questions regarding the idea of a safe space. We hope to reach deeper and richer understanding of our needs as a public—and how those needs differ depending on demographics and who we are individually. Re-Imagining A Safe Space will be on view from October 23 to January 13, 2017.

INSIDE/OUTSIDE VOICES , Winston Wätcher Gallery, New York, NY

Winston Wächter Fine Artpresents Inside/Outside Voices, a dynamic group exhibition of photography and sculpture that explores four feminine and powerful voices: Zoë Buckman, Meghan Boody, Penelope Umbrico, and Jil Weinstock.

“Inside voices” are the internal dialogues we have that comment on moment-to-moment experiences, critiquing decisions and interactions with others — thoughts best left unspoken. In contrast, sometimes an “outside” voice is required when something needs to be heard, something that contributes to the human experience. The four artists in this exhibition generate a critical and visual dialogue around issues that are at once deeply personal and universal: adoption, voyeurism, aggression, mortality, beauty, and life. These artists question the unwritten but deeply felt rules of internal vs. external expression.

In Let Her Rave, Zoë Buckman sews wedding dresses into boxing gloves, and hangs them from chains in clusters. The masculine sport of fighting is united with, but not concealed by, the feminine trappings of silk, lace, and embroidery. Buckman challenges the notion that women are fragile, or that they require a man’s permission to “rave.” In Present Life, Buckman photographs flowers on the brink of decay, preserving the very moment between life and death, challenging notions of permanence and transience.

Inside/Outside Voices will be on view from September 7 to October 21, 2017.

REGARDING WOMEN IN THE ACTON COLLECTION, NYU Florence Villa La Pietra, Florence, Italy

Using the Acton Collection as both a productive and discursive site, Regarding Women in the Acton Collection examines the depiction of women with a transhistorical perspective, adding into the Villa’s collection contemporary responses by artists and poets in an effort to investigate, challenge and expand upon received art historical categories of iconography, patronage, material and function. This exhibition is a part of The Season, curated and produced by Ellyn Toscano. The Season was founded in 2005 by Toscano, the Villa’s director, from her vision to set contemporary work in conversation with the Villa’s expansive grounds and eclectic art collection. Since 2005, The Season has produced collaboration and exploration between international artists of varying mediums. Regarding Women in the Acton Collection will be on view from June 25 to December 14, 2017.

THE CURATORS’ EGGSPaul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present The Curators’ Eggs, an exhibition which will feature the work of thirteen artists, each selected by one of thirteen guest curators. Spanning painting, sculpture and installation, the exhibition will manifest the ongoing dialogue between artists and cultural influencers in an effort to momentarily articulate the hyper-evolving landscape of contemporary art. The Curators’ Eggs will be on view from July 12 to August 18, 2017.


Gavlak Los Angeles presents a group exhibition entitled Flaming June VII (Flaming Creatures). This is the seventh iteration of “Flaming June,” a series of exhibitions curated by Sarah Gavlak that began in 1997. The title of the show is attributed to English Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Frederic Leighton’s famous classist painting Flaming June (1895) which portrays a sleeping woman in a vibrant orange gown. Artists featured include Zoe Buckman, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judie Bamber, Amy Bessone, Andrew Brischler, Willie Cole, Mike Davis, Lecia Dole-Recio, Judith Eisler, Alexandra Grant, Keith Haring, David Haxton, Nir Hod, Timothy Horn, Elisabeth Kley, Kelly Lamb, Bovey Lee, Michael Manning, Maynard Monrow, David Mramor, Yuval Pudik, Dean Sameshima, Tabboo!, Betty Tompkins, Marnie Weber, T.J. Wilcox, and Rob Wynne.Flaming June VII (Flaming Creatures) will be on view from June 8 to August 5, 2017.

THE HELA PROJECT, 465 W. Broadway, New York, NY

HBO officially launches “The HeLa Project,” a culturally-grounded, multi-media exhibition inspired by the highly anticipated HBO film, THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film is based on Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller of the same name. “The HeLa Project” is designed to celebrate Henrietta Lacks, the woman – to give her a voice and to humanize and recognize this wonderful being. The exhibition features an original portrait by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winning artist Kadir Nelson and a touching, original poem by Saul Williams. Additional art, curated by Lewis Long of Long Gallery Harlem, includes works by Zoë Buckman, Derrick Adams, Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich, Doreen Garner, and Tomashi Jackson. The product of these elements, plus an educational, sculptural installation about the HeLa cells, all converge in this engaging experience. The multi-market exhibition will run April 7th – April 9th in SoHo, New York (465 W. Broadway, Fri – Sat, 11am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm).  “The HeLa Project” will be making additional stops in Atlanta, GA on April 13th – April 16th at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and finally in Washington, DC at the National Museum of African-American History & Culture.

THE HELA PROJECT, 465 W. Broadway, New York, NY

HBO officially launches “The HeLa Project,” a culturally-grounded, multi-media exhibition inspired by the highly anticipated HBO film, THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film is based on Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller of the same name. “The HeLa Project” is designed to celebrate Henrietta Lacks, the woman – to give her a voice and to humanize and recognize this wonderful being. The exhibition features an original portrait by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winning artist Kadir Nelson and a touching, original poem by Saul Williams. Additional art, curated by Lewis Long of Long Gallery Harlem, includes works by Zoë Buckman, Derrick Adams, Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich, Doreen Garner, and Tomashi Jackson. The product of these elements, plus an educational, sculptural installation about the HeLa cells, all converge in this engaging experience. The multi-market exhibition will run April 7th – April 9th in SoHo, New York (465 W. Broadway, Fri – Sat, 11am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm).  “The HeLa Project” will be making additional stops in Atlanta, GA on April 13th – April 16th at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and finally in Washington, DC at the National Museum of African-American History & Culture.

RE-IMAGINING A SAFE SPACENathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY

Re-imagining A Safe Space explores critical questions regarding the idea of a safe space. We hope to reach deeper and richer understanding of our needs as a public—and how those needs differ depending on demographics and who we are individually. The Spring exhibition will include works by 22 photographers, video artists, and visual artists who explore the theme of the exhibition through their works: Zoë Buckman, Mangue Banzima, Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark, Nina Berman, Cause Collective, Elizabeth Colomba, Bruce Davidson, Erika deVries, Donna Ferrato, Samara Gaev, Caran Hartsfield, Lili Holzer-Glier, Jessica Ingram, Michael Koehler, Barbara Kruger, Lorie Novak, Gordon Parks, Alice Proujansky, Safe Space Collective, Scheherazade Tillet, Sophia Tsanos, and David Wojnaorwicz. Re-imagining A Safe Space will be on view from March 30 to October 16, 2017.

TRANSPARENCY SHADEProjects+Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Projects+Gallery presents TRANSPARENCY SHADE: Seeing Through the Shadow, a group exhibition curated by Modou Dieng featuring artists Zoë Buckman, Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Kendell Carter, Kahlil Irving, Ayana Jackson, Michael Riedel and Hank Willis Thomas. The mixture of two-and three-dimensional artwork within the show conveys post-identity semiotics, or the use and interpretation of visual and linguistic signs and symbols that function to form identity. The artists use cultural appropriation and hybrid materials to articulate the concept, engaging with and also problematizing such appropriation to investigate how meaning is and has been created in a postcolonial world. TRANSPARENCY SHADE: Seeing Through the Shadow will be on view from April 7 to May 27, 2017.

PAPILLION ART presents Every Curve, Zoë Buckman’s debut Los Angeles exhibition, realizing an ongoing body of work, three years in the making, which explores the contradictory and complimentary influences of Feminism and Hip-Hop in her upbringing. The installation of hanging vintage lingerie reveals the artist’s fascination with femininity throughout time. Buckman hand-embroiders the lingerie with lyrics that refer to women from the iconic rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. The text spans from the violent and misogynistic to the wholly sympathetic and pro-choice. This juxtaposition is witty in its provocation and empowered awareness while comparing the Janus-faced relationship between feminism and Hip-Hop both in the 90’s and today. This body of work will be shown in its entirety at PAPILLION ART, LA, from March 12 to April 30, 2016.



PULSE Art Fair’s signature PROJECTS program is committed to the presentation and promotion of audience-engaging large-scale sculptures, installations and performances. This year Zoë Buckman’s Champ, 2016 will be featured in the program. From the series Mostly It’s Just Uncomfortable, the work is part of Buckman’s response to the attack on Planned Parenthood in the United States, the consequent deprivation of access to free sexual health care for underserved women, as well as the attempted curtailing of a woman’s right to make choices concerning her own body. Champ will be on view for the entire duration of the fair, December 1-4, 2016.

ONE ROUND – SoundScape Park Evening Film Program, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL

Nightly from November 30 to December 4, 2016 outdoor screenings will take place in SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New World Center, a three-minute walk from the Miami Beach Convention Center. Admission to Film at SoundScape Park is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Sounds works in SoundScape Park will occur every evening from 6pm to the start of the first film screening. A compilation of six artists’ sound works will be presented in SoundScape Park, including: Ain Bailey, NSD/TSD, 2016; Zoë Buckman, One Round, 2016; A.K. Burns, Leave No Trace (Side A), 2016; Jonathan Montague, Plundaphonic, 2016; Molly Palmer, Sirens, 2016; Susannah Stark, The Wheel, 2016.

The following is a description of the sound work One Round:

The audience stand amidst the sound of a speed bag being rhythmically hit in a boxing gym. The sound of the leather hitting the wood: hard and succinct, builds to an almost aggressive quality as it is picked up in surround sound, yet the repetition of this specific sound allows for an almost hypnotic or meditative experience. The sounds one hears in a boxing gym have a testosterone-heavy quality to them. However during the time Buckman has spent in these spaces, she has drawn parallels between the strength, endurance and confidence needed to survive there, with female-centric experiences such as childbirth. – Zoë Buckman

HARLEM POSTCARDS – Fall/Winter 2016-2017The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Harlem Postcards Fall/Winter 2016–2017 is the latest installment in an ongoing project that invites contemporary artists to reflect on the many sides of Harlem: as a site of cultural activity, political vitality, visual stimulation, artistic contemplation and creative production. This season, Harlem Postcards features work by Gail Anderson, Nayland Blake, Zoë Buckman and Talwst, whose images, both intimate and dynamic, reflect the idiosyncratic visions of artists from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Buckman’s contribution is a piece called The Oxford. In the winter of 2012 in Harlem, Buckman had a loaded encounter with a Hindu spiritual leader that prompted her to write a poem entitled Swami-ji. Here Buckman revisits the piece, but this time explores the relationship between sculpture and written text by imposing an excerpt from the poem onto a gynaecological examination table from the 1800’s which she has reupholstered with vintage lingerie. This work is part of Buckman’s on-going series Mostly It’s Just Uncomfortable, which is her response to the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood in the U.S., the attempted curtailing of women’s access to sexual health, as well as their right to choice.

Each image has been reproduced as a limited-edition postcard and is available free to Studio Museum visitors. Harlem Postcards Fall/Winter 2016–2017 will be on view from November 17, 2016 to March 5, 2017.

OFF THE WALL – FOR FREEDOMS, Monique Meloche, Division St and Oakley Blvd, Chicago, IL

Monique Meloche Gallery present its third annual off the wall exhibition, featuring works from the first ever artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms. Scheduled over the course of the 2016 presidential election season, works by Zoë Buckman, Paula Crown, Maria Gaspar, Nari Ward, and Carrie Mae Weems will be displayed on public bus benches throughout Wicker Park Bucktown, for this exclusive engagement with a Chicago audience. Zoë Buckman marries the stereotypically masculine to the feminine, through the use of polarizing iconography. In this instance, the artist’s own boxing gloves are joined with a neon diagram of the uterus, thereby transforming a traditional image of fragility into a symbol of resistance. A continuation of Buckman’s ongoing series Mostly It’s Just Uncomfortable, the piece raises questions about health care, sex education, and women’s rights, while promoting female positivity. off the wall – For Freedoms will be on view from September 1 to November 30, 2016.

TRUTH TO POWERDemocratic National Convention, 990 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia PA 19123, July 25 – 27

Curated by Yosi Sergant, former White House Liaison for the Arts and the former Director of Communications at the National Endowment for the Arts, Truth to Power, a large scale, pop-up exihbition from July 25-27th in Philadelphia will be presented as a part of the Democratic National Convention. Rock the Vote launches the Truth to Power campaign in order to engage and mobilized young people in the 2016  election. The show will present artworks that comment on the host of issues facing communities across our nation. In partnership with #Cut50 and other national and community partners including Planned Parenthood, the exhibition brings together some of the nation’s most prolific and talented visual artists, young activists, musicians, poets, policymakers and community leaders and features hundreds of inspiring works of art and over 25 hours of programming and events.

FRAMING BEAUTYGrunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University

Curated by Professor Deborah Willis, Ph.D. of New York University, Tisch School of Arts and with catalog essay by Brooklyn Museum of Art curator Rujeko Hockley, this group exhibition is a response to Indiana University’s Themester on Beauty. The artworks within the exhibition can be viewed as interventions, explorations, musings and documents of framing a story on beauty and it’s complex forms. The exhibition will enhance the Themester goals by showing works by artists who are among the most influential and creative working today. They examine the differing notions of beauty through the body, music, community, fashion, and history using diverse media, including photographs, video and new technology. These works focus on the notion of individuality and what comes together is a collective pursuit of the idea of “framing beauty” in a complex society. Framing Beauty will be on view from August 26 to October 7, 2016 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art.

MAKING & UNMAKINGCamden Arts Centre, London, UK

Curated by celebrated fashion designer and curator Duro Olowu, this group show brings together over sixty international artists working in diverse media. The exhibition places antique West African textiles and Bauhaus tapestries amongst contemporary works and new commissions. Individually, the works address themes that include portraiture as well as representations of beauty, gender, sexuality, innocence and the body. Collectively, their coming together reveals a common thread that Olowu describes as a “process of personal ritual experienced by artists in creating their work.” Artists include Zoë Buckman, Caroline Achaintre, Marina Adams, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Anni Albers, Tasha Amini, Hurvin Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Armstrong Jones, Walead Beshty, Alighiero Boetti, Louise Bourgeois, Carol Bove, Lisa Brice, James Brown, Claude Cahun, Lygia Clark, Tommaso Corvi-Mora, Alexandre da Cunha, Andreas Eriksson, Meredith Frampton, Hassan Hajjaj, Chie Hammons, Sheila Hicks, Diane Itter, Isaac Julien, Neil Kenlock, Peter McDonald, Rodney McMillian, Eric Mack, Hamidou Maiga, Brice Marden, Ari Marcopoulos, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Nobukho Nqaba, Chris Ofili, Horace Ové, Irving Penn, Tal R, Michael Roberts, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Malick Sidibe, Lorna Simpson, Daniel Sinsel, Christiana Soulou, Dorothea Tanning, Bill Traylor, Francis Upritchard, Al Vandenberg, Brent Wadden, Rebecca Ward, Kehinde Wiley, Masaaki Yamada, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and more. Making & Unmaking will be on view from June 19 to September 18, 2016.

Related exhibition publication featuring Buckman, Making and Unmaking, can be purchased here.

FOR FREEDOMSJack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman created the first artist-run Super Pac, For Freedoms, in the run up to the 2016 presidential elections. Their mission is to change the way candidates and citizens participate in conversations about politics in the United States. Jack Shainman Gallery will host the super PAC headquarters and organize a group exhibition at their 24th Street location. For Freedoms believes that art and artists, like other civic institutions and citizens, have an important role in shaping our society. Art embodies many of the ideals to which politicians aspire. It envisions the future, it has the power to change beliefs and to impact positive change. Artist Zoë Buckman will participate in the show as her work and practice strives to achieve the same goal. Other artists include Nina Chanel Abney, Edgar Arcenaux, Shimon Attie, Paula Crown, Wendy Ewald, Chitra Ganesh, Maria Gaspar, Mariam Ghani, Jim Goldberg, Pablo Helguera, Sohrab Hura, Mathew Day Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Titus Kaphar, Marilyn Minter, Trevor Paglen, Michelle Pred, Norman Rockwell, Kameelah Rasheed, Kelly Sherman, Xaviera Simmons, Bayeté Ross Smith, Alec Soth, Will Steacy, Mikhael Subotzky, Mickalene Thomas, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Tribe, Nari Ward, Leslie Wayne, and Carrie Mae Weems. For Freedoms will be on view from June 7 to August 5, 2016.

GAME ON!Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

A group exhibition focusing mankind’s passion for sport and how it has defined our individual and collective identities. Throughout history, the world of games — with its inversions of mastery, dependence on chance and reliance on both verbal and physical play — has intrigued and inspired visual artists. Game On! presents works by contemporary artists who take a reflective, critical or inspired look at sport and how we play the game. Addressing issues of identity, power, heroism, nostalgia, popular culture and gender, Game On! highlights a variety of media that reminds us that within every ruled system, there exists potential for creativity and exploration. Artists include Louisa Armbrust, Zoë Buckman, Dario Escobar, Norm Paris, David Rathman, Christin Rose, and Jean Shin. Game On! will be on view from May 31 to September 4, 2016 in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery.

MARCH MADNESSFort Ganesvoort, New York, NY

Fort Ganesvoort presents March Madness a group show curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Adam Shopkorn featuring 27 artists who use sports and art to comment on political and social issues. The artist’s eye finds the corruption, violence and racism behind the scoreboard, and the artist’s hand enhances the protest. Artists include Zoë Buckman, Derrick Adams, Sadie Barnette, Michael Ray Charles, Pamela Council, Emory Douglas, Derek Fordjour, Jeffrey Gibson, Satch Hoyt, David Huffman, Alex Israel, Rashid Johnson, Glen Kaino, Jeff Koons, Robert Longo, Shaun Leonardo, Charles McGill, Gordon Parks, Paul Pfeiffer, Raymond Pettibon, Cheryl Pope, Ronny Quevedo, Robin Rhode, William Scott, Gary Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, and Nari Ward. This exhibition will be on view at Fort Ganesvoort from March 18 to May 1.

PRESENT LIFEGaris & Hahn Gallery, New York, NY
View Zoe Buckman’s artist page at Garis & Hahn.

Present Life is a collection of works that explores the liminal space between life and death and cycles of genesis and decay through varied media including photography, sculpture, neon and installation. As a series, its starting point is one directly informed by the artist’s highly personal experience of childbirth from which relational questions pertaining to transience, permanence, and mortality are explored. This body of work was shown in its entirety at Garis & Hahn, New York, from February 24 to March 28, 2015.

Related publication featuring Buckman, How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood – Second Edition edited by Qiana Mestrich and Michi Jigarjian, can be purchased here.



In collaboration with Kenya-based non-profit UHAI EASHRI, Burning in Water, a partner of Free Arts NYC, presented a group exhibition curated by Alexandra Giniger celebrating the right of all people to be free of abuse or oppression based on gender or sexual orientation. Dare You To Look highlighted a collection of works by a diverse range of artists who embrace portraiture and figuration to explore expansive representations of identity. The artworks selected envision both radical representations of the body and conceptions of self to realize such iconographies. Artists included Zoe Buckman, Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, Malick Sidibe, Cheri Samba, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lorna Simpson, Shirin Neshat, Richard Mosse, Nan Goldin, Chris Ofili, Cheri Cherin, and many more. Dare You to Look was on view from November 19, 2015 through January 30, 2016. A portion of the proceeds from this show benefited Free Arts NYC & UHAI EASHRI.

YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

The group show, titled after the song “To be Young, Gifted, and Black” by Nina Simone with lyrics from Weldon Irvine and written in the memory of Simone’s late friend Lorraine Hansberry author of  Raisin in the Sun, surrounded ideas and issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture since 2010. Willis chose a selection of works from Buckman’s Every Curve series, along with works from Derrick Adams, Titus Kaphar, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Adam Pendleton, Shinique Smith, among others.  The Goodman Gallery, located in Johannesburg, South Africa, is passionate about making the influence of artists from Africa and the African diaspora on global art culture felt in South Africa and internationally. Young, Gifted, and Black was on view from September 26 to November 11, 2015.

AFRICA’S OUT, 1st Annual Benefit at Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
View Zoe Buckman’s artist page at Africa’s Out.

Buckman’s work was included in the first annual benefit auction for Africa’s Out!, a nonprofit founded by artist and activist Wangechi Mutu. “It’s hugely important to me to be a part of something as unique, necessary, and timely as Africa’s Out! As artists in the West, we are afforded certain freedoms that those in other parts of the world are robbed of, and I believe it is one of our duties as image-makers to challenge the status quo and inspire activism and radicalism both on our shores and abroad.” Africa’s Out! is as a far-reaching platform to change the way we ALL engage with Africa and, more specifically, the way Africans reach out to empower one another.

IN YOUR DREAMS, Spring/Break Art Show – Spring 2015
curated by Marina T. Schindler

Drawing from artworks ranging in culture, time period and medium, In Your Dreams, curated by Marina T. Schindler,  was a group exhibition that probed the taboo topics of sex, sexual fantasy, intimacy, romance and desire. Inextricably tied to what it means to be human, sex and sexuality have long held their significance as two of the most discussed and considered subjects within our individual relationships, as well as in society’s broader dialogue. In Your Dreams invited the viewer to reflect on the human being’s diverse relationship to sex and sexuality through art that references the romance, hilarity, kink, frivolity, roughness and tenderness associated with the thought, fantasy or act of sex.This exhibition at the Spring/Break Art Show – Spring 2015 included artists Zoë Buckman, Louise Bourgeois, E.V. Day, Tracey Emin, Walter Robinson, and Tom Wesselmann, among others.

ABSTRACTION NOWLeila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

This group exhibition, which included Buckman’s neon hourglass, focused on abstraction in contemporary art and benefited Free Arts, an organization that provides underserved children and families with arts education and mentoring programs. It featured other such artists as Tauba Auerbach, Ethan Cooke, Sarah Crowner, Sam Falls, Roman Liska, Israel Lund, David Ostrowski, Lucien Smith, Wangechi Mutu, Kasper Sonne, Ned Vena, Christopher Wool, and Dustin Yellin. The exhibition was made possible by Burning in Water, Contemporary Art Trust in conjunction with Leila Heller Gallery in the Fall of 2014.

WHAT IS, ISN’TAlan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, IL
Uprise art for Norwood, The Norwood, New York, NY

While much contemporary work is devoted to reinventing abstraction and representation, the artists in this exhibition chose to subvert both medium and gesture to conceptualize and identify notions of what is and what is not in unlikely forms. They instead embraced contradictions, dichotomies, and reconstructions of past cannons. What is, Isn’t explored works in which messages are not readily apparent. Although the images are familiar and accessible to the viewer, the underlying implication leads one to question the complexities of contemporary life. Curated by Megan Green and Anne Huntington, What Is, Isn’t was a group exhibition at Alan Koppel Gallery on view during EXPO Chicago,  September 18 to October 31, 2014. It included works by Zoë Buckman, Zoe Crosher, Brendan Fernandes, Katie Fischer, Elsa Hansen, Margaret Lee, Andrea Mary Marshall, Patrick Meagher, and Shelter Serra.


PULSE PROJECTSPulse Art Fair, New York, NY

Buckman presented a selection of four large-scale photographs from the series Present Life, which explores time and life’s transient nature, investigating themes of mortality and examining the fleeting moment when something living begins to perish. The series itself aims to explore that which creates but also ceases, highlighting the temporary nature of life and the passage of time. Capturing the intricate detail of the flowers in large-scale photographs, Buckman created a visceral experience, allowing the viewer to almost smell the decay of beauty and life. This installation took place at PULSE Projects May 8 to May 11, 2014.

SMALL IS BEAUTIFULFlowers East Gallery, London, UK

This annual exhibition has been held at Flowers Gallery’s London locations since 1974. It challenges contemporary artists working in all media to produce works with a fixed economy of scale, each piece measuring approximately 9 x 7 inches. This group show provides a great opportunity for unrepresented or neglected artists to exhibit alongside more established artists.

HIDDEN GEMSGetty Images Gallery, London, UK

The Hidden Gems Project was a group exhibition held at The Getty Images Gallery for Christie’s, one of the world’s largest auction houses.

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