Lather, Rinse, Repeat: A.I.R. Gallery, New York

24.06 – 16.09.2022

A.I.R. Gallery, at lokal_30, Warsaw
Organized by Joan Snitzer and Jane Swavely

Participating artists from A.I.R.: Tomoko Abe, Susan Bee, Liz Surbeck Biddle, Daria Dorosh, Yvette Drury Dubinsky, Maxine Henryson, Rosina Lardieri, Louise McCagg, Carolyn Martin, Aphrodite Desiree Navab, Sylvia Netzer, Ada Potter, Ann Schaumburger, Kathleen Schneider, Yvonne Shortt, Joan Snitzer, Susan Stainman, Erica Stoller, Nancy Storrow, Jane Swavely.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat, is the first of two exchange exhibitions of women artists happening between Warsaw, Poland, and New York City, U.S. The two organizations hosting the exchange, A.I.R. Gallery in New York and lokal_30 in Warsaw, are devoted to shattering the glass ceiling oppressing women and non-binary artists. Through these programs, the organizations aim to investigate the commonalities and differences in the practices of women and non-binary artists in the U.S. and Poland.

The exhibition Lather, Rinse, Repeat , on view at lokal_30, explores the formal and metaphorical implications of assertions and repetitions in women’s art, its images, and its place in the public discourse. The metaphor of needing to be repeatedly rinsed and washed acknowledges both the vulnerability and necessity of marginalized histories, as they often need to be retold to validate their “historical relevance.” This metaphor is particularly potent for the artists of A.I.R. Gallery, whose fifty-year-old mission has always been to support a demographic of artists whose work has been systematically underrepresented and critically underrecognized. Their feminist desires and demands have been embedded into the gallery structure and continue to unfold in their artistic practices. To this day, some A.I.R. artists explicitly create feminist projects while others address feminism in more abstract modes. The intent is not to identify essentializing qualities; instead, the exhibition demonstrates how feminist artists today are furthering women artists’ concerns through formal and emotive techniques. 

The second iteration in this exchange will present artists selected by lokal_30 at A.I.R. in New York, from August 6 – September 4, 2022.

A.I.R. Gallery is an artist-run non-profit arts organization and exhibition space founded in 1972. A.I.R. supports the open exchange of ideas and risk-taking by women and non-binary artists to provide a public platform and visibility. A self-directed governing body, the organization serves as an alternative to mainstream institutions and thrives as a network of active participants. 

For all press inquiries, please contact; Roxana Fabius, Executive Director.
A.I.R. GALLERY | 155 Plymouth St. | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | airgallery.org | info@airgallery.org | (212) 255 6651 | Wed-Sun 12-6

This project is made possible through the generous support of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Opening Reception: June 24, 6-8 pm

Artists’ Talk before the opening, June 24, 5 pm