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-You will also see a Realityworks Pregnancy Vest. Try this on and feel what it’s like to have a heavy belly.
Next, on the wall, is a series of photographs. These are part of Alexia Nye Jackson’s Mother The Job Exhibit. Each photo shows a person performing a task normally associated with caregiving. Next to that photo is a picture of a person performing the same task in a professional context. Jackson wants us to ask ourselves the question, “what is mother work and does it count for something in our capitalist culture [LINK to more]. If it does, and it is unpaid, how do we value it?”
-Jackson wants us to ask ourselves the question, “what is mother-work and does it count for something in our capitalist society? If it does, and it is unpaid, how do we value it?” Hint: Some people say we value it with “love.” But, we love a lot of people and wouldn’t expect them to perform all the tasks our mothers do without some a) compensation, b) social program, c) paid parental leave, d) affordable childcare, etc.
- To see some of the salary comparables click here.
- To calculate your mother’s work value in terms of dollars click here.
There have been a number of books written about the unpaid labor of mothers in America. One of the best is Ann Crittenden’s The Price of Motherhood.
Now, stand in front of the large mirror and look at yourself. The world needs more activists. What is an activist? An activist is someone who works to bring about political or social change. What kind of world do you want to live in? Isn’t valuing our m/others core to valuing others? When we become educated about the issues facing mothers in America and around the world, we begin to understand our origins as well as our future selves.
A Brief History of the Art of Motherhood
See what this recent movement of mother-made research, culture, and herstory looks like [LINK].
African Body Mask: (Gift to the museum. Origins unknown) – Example – Among the Makonde in southern Tanzania, masquerading is linked with the initiation of adolescent boys and girls, to prepare them for their future role as husbands and wives. In the masquerades held at the end of the isolation period, the actors dance and pantomime relations between the sexes or embody various characters, each topic being represented by a particular mask type. In earlier periods, a body plate (njorowe) with breasts, protruding navel and a bulging belly represented a young, pregnant woman. It was part of the costume of a male dancer whose face was concealed behind a female mask. In his performance together with a male mask figure, he moved sluggishly mimed sexual intercourse with his partner, and demonstrated the burdens of pregnancy and giving birth. These evocative performances can still be observed among the Makonde today. The meaning of the scarification representing a lizard is not clear. [Source LINK]
Vintage Sculpture of Mother and Child by Austin Productions (Gift to M.O.M. Designed by Kathy Kline, molded in plaster, mid-century modern, 1970) [LINK]
Norman Gardner – Statue, Mother & Child
Martha Washington necklace from the National First Ladies Library, in Canton Ohio.
Procreate Project Archive: this exhibition displayed at the Women’s Art Library in the UK. contains the work of 100 mother artists from around the world. Please feel free to handle the paper and look through some of the artists featured here.
Helen Hiebert (USA)
Vintage Somso Brand German anatomical model of a female baby
Demeter Library, celebrating the Andrea O’Reilly Reading Room with the complete Demeter Press collection, including the Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Our books are available for you to peruse during your visit. [Access a list of our Library Books – Coming Soon].
Emerging Mother Art From Around The World
Helen Knowles (England)
Vee Malnar (Australia)
Anna Rose (USA)
Flavia Testa (Italy)
Ella Dreyfus (Australia)
Capucine Bourcart (France)
Noa Shay (Israel)
Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetten (Germany)
Christen Clifford – Pussy Bow (USA)
Moms of Rock exhibit highlights the work of the Housewives On Prozac band (1997-2008) who did much to develop a concept of mom-made art. Pioneering a movement of Mamapalooza bands, comedians, authors, poets, playwrights, and mom-preneurs, the festival launched in New York City in 1003, spreading to four countries and 25 cities. Summer on the Hudson at Riverside Park in Manhattan continues to hold the festival annually each May. [LINK] Kate Perotti released a film about their adventures, titled Momz Hot Rocks in 2008. The film is part of M.O.M.’s DVD collection.
What is a Mother? You’d be surprised about our assumptions!
Foundling Wheels and Baby Boxes [LINK]
Ask to see our DVD collection– available for viewing.
RESIDENCIES and M.O.M. [LINK}
M.O.M. is proud to share the Art of Motherhood from around the world. When founder, M. Joy Rose began her own journey of motherhood little cultural content on motherhood was available. She has devoted the last twenty-plus years to highlighting women’s voices in the arts, academia, and beyond. [LINK]
Artist Statement Work/Live Location, By M. Joy Rose [LINK]
Current Works: “Disruptions, Extrusions, and Other Chaotic Consequences” [In Progress-Currently on Display]