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Maureen Connor

Alternative Museum / P.P.O.W.

With this survey of Maureen Connor’s sculpture comes a shift in the discussion generated by artists such as Janine Antoni, Patti Martori, and Rachel Whiteread, all of whom can be said to have used Minimalist strategies and esthetics to feminist ends. In “Discreet Objects,” curated by Andrew Perchuk at the Alternative Museum, it became apparent that though Connor may have begun her career in dialogue with Minimalist sculpture, she was always more concerned with examining cultural paradigms of femininity than with formal issues.

The show included works from the ’70s in one gallery and more recent works in another, a split that marked the differences between these groups of works in a striking, almost frightening manner. Like the change in Linda Hamilton’s physique between The Terminator, 1984, and Terminator 2: .Judgment Day, 1991 (from nicely normal to neurotically fit), the change in Connor’s

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