Virginia Woolf’s essay “A Room of One’s Own” has long been required reading for women writers, feminists, and freshman lit classes. Its title is a bit of a play on words, as the author argues both for the need for women to have actual, physical private space in which to work, think, and create but also for space within a literary tradition that has been — and in many ways continues to be — dominated by male voices. The Girls’ Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale has been providing space for women artists since its founding in 2006. Now, with its latest exhibition, the Girls’ Club Collective has sought to both expand that space and to include women’s voices. “Making Space” expands on Woolf’s theme with contemporary pieces that explore the concept of a need for creative space. It was curated from the private collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz and features contemporary work from international and domestic artists as well as prominent local artists, including Tracey Emin, Mickalene Thomas, Rania Matar, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Scott Daniel Ellison, Kate Gilmore, Peggy Levison Nolan, Teresa Diehl, and Julie Davidow. Going outside its own literal space, “Making Space — Beyond a Room” has been on exhibit at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery at Broward College since November 20, and during that time, local poets and writers have been invited to submit works inspired by the themes and topics of the exhibition. Selections from these submissions will be read during the closing reception at 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is part of Broward College, located at 3501 Davie Road, Building 6, Davie. After the reception, the reading selections can be found on the Girls’ Club blog, girlsclubcollection.org/blog. Girls’ Club is located at 117 NE Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday or by appointment.
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015