Brucennial: It's a Chick Thing and in its Final Year

Antonia March's "Girls Only" toilet/fountain, served as the perfect leitmotif for the show. It's surprising no one ever thought of it sooner. Jennifer Landes photos

     The Bruce High Quality Foundation's final Brucennial, a biannual event timed to the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial exhibition, is devoted only to women, this year in its final iteration. 
     Although there were rumors that some men submitted under female names, there was enough sheer quantity to earn the anonymous group a record for the largest female exhibition.
     Representing the South Fork were artists such as Marilyn Church, who is known for her courtroom drawings, but is also an accomplished abstract painter, as well as Lola Montes Schabel and Barbara Kruger. Ms. Schnabel's brother Vito, who represents the BHQF, was also a co-curator of the event. The siblings grew up in Bridgehampton.
     The show, which opened on Thursday, will be on view through April 4 in the Meatpacking District across from the Standard Hotel. A very fitting setting for its edgy, improvisational, and encyclopedic style. 

A close up of Lola Schnabel's work
The larger installation that includes the Schnabel work as well as Barbara Kruger
Marilyn Church's abstraction in the installation
A better image of the painting supplied by the artist
Video projections emanating from the largest HD screens to the smallest personal devices were a popular medium.
Very little white space or "eye wash" remained on these walls.
A close up of more of the video art