Last week’s post which included a link to a film about the artist Judy Chicago got me thinking. If being an artist is challenging, being a woman artist is even more so. I saw a great exhibit at the Tate Modern a couple of years ago on the Guerilla Girls and one of my favorite parts of the show was their Advantages of Being a Woman Artist Poster. You can get a look at it here. And Jane Dunnewold has produced another excellent video, this one on Women Abstract Expressionists. You can watch that here.
I was not familiar with the work of Mildred Greenberg although I had known her daughter, Susan for many years and at one time we had even worked in the same office. Ancient history. We fell out of touch and the years passed. Then we got reacquainted, this time through my husband. And before the Coronavirus shut everything down, Susan invited us to the opening of a retrospective of her mother’s work presented by InLiquid, a Philadelphia Arts organization, ELECTRICITY: From the Mind of Mildred Greenberg.
Mildred Elfman Greenberg hailed from Philadelphia and much of her early work was produced for the W.P.A.s Federal Art Project during the Depression. Her bio from the British Museum, one of the many museums that have her work in their collection reads as follows. Painter and printmaker. Born as Elfman to Russian immigrant father and American mother in Philadelphia, where lived most of her life. Married Samuel Greenberg. Graduated from Moore Institute of art and Design in 1934; WPA 1940. No work between end WWII and 1974. That’s thirty years without making art. I believe at this time that the family had relocated from Philadelphia to California. It’s my understanding that Greenberg resumed her art career after moving back to Philadelphia in the 1970’s.
You can read more about Mildred Elfman Greenberg here.