An artful take on women’s history

Marcy B. Freedman is at it again.

The Westchester-based performance artist and art historian will soon present some of her visual art and written commentary at the Croton Free Library.

“Rethinking Past Work from a Feminist Perspective” will open March 1 in the Ottinger Room of the Croton Free Library and continue through April 30.

In a press release advancing the show, exhibition coordinator Mary McFerran talks about her decision to invite Freedman:

“I had always known Marcy B. Freedman as a performance artist, so it was delightful to discover her collages, photographs and other works on paper during the Peekskill Artists Association’s Open Studios last year. She graciously accepted my invitation to exhibit some of these hidden treasures at the Croton Free Library’s Ottinger Room. It is a happy coincidence that much of her work has a feminist focus, as she will be exhibiting at the library during March, Women’s History Month.”

The selected works date from the late ’80s to the present and demonstrate Freedman’s broad range of subject matter and style, as well as her experimentation with diverse mediums. She will also offer written analyses of each body of work on view.

Freedman notes that her background as an art historian and her interest in women’s issues have motivated her to look back and reflect upon her own artistic output:

“As an artist, I think about things and make art in response. As an art historian, I look at art, think about it and make comments in response. As a woman, I experience the world in a certain way, and that affects absolutely everything else.”

There will be a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. March 9 at the library during which Freedman will introduce her work and answer questions.

For more, visit marcybfreedman.com or crotonfreelibrary.org.

– Mary Shustack

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