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June Blum — Pioneer in the Women's Art Movement — Will be Featured in Exhibit at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus

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Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – The work of June Blum — a painter and curator who was at the forefront of the women’s art movement in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s – will be showcased this month and during February in the Resnick Gallery of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus.

The exhibit, offered free and open to the public, is an overview of some of Blum’s earlier black and white paintings from the 1960’s and of all of her work from 2010. Blum’s works will be on display from Monday, Jan. 24, through Feb. 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A reception will be held on Feb. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Blum makes her return to the Brooklyn Campus, having originally exhibited her black and white paintings there in 1964.

An exhibition catalog, featuring an introduction by Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Senior Professor Cynthia Maris Dantzic, a working artist, will be available at the exhibit. Dantzic, as well as iconic feminists such as Betty Friedan, were the subjects of portraits by Blum, whose claim to fame was her successful mission to get works by female artists placed in mainstream museums.

“Female President Light Event” (1968-1969), one of Blum’s curatorial successes, helped raise the awareness of Long Island artists and residents to the feminist art movement. As curator of Contemporary Art at the Suffolk Museum in Stony Brook, N.Y., Blum created “Unmanly Art,” (1971-1972), the first in-house, Museum-coordinated exhibit of women artists. In 1975, she organized "Works on Paper/Women Artists" at the Brooklyn Museum.

Blum, whose works have been exhibited nationwide, studied at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, The Pratt Graphic Arts Center and the New School for Social Research. She has explored many art paths including painting (figurative and black-and-white linear paintings), sculpture (fabric, wire, clay, and plaster), prints, Light Events, Happenings, jewelry, art books, pottery, conceptual documentations and drawing. In 1980, Blum moved from Brooklyn to Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is located at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues in downtown Brooklyn, 10 minutes from Wall Street. For additional information, call (718) 488-1198.

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Posted 01/13/2011

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