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Right to Choose 

Wednesday, Dec 4 2013

Although feminism has evolved beyond being simply about choice, reproductive decisions are just as topical as they were 40 years ago, when the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that the right to privacy was broad enough to protect a woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy. Nearly three dozen women artists explore choice in an exhibit by that name, juried by gallerist Catherine Clark, and sponsored by the Northern California Women's Caucus for Art. The exhibit "encompasses the spectrum of reproductive rights," and the artwork, too, spans the spectrum from dramatic to comedic. In Lisa LaBarge's charcoal "Annunciation" a C-section is performed by three Hellenic surgeons, while Jessica Burke goes where no man has gone before with her graphite "Pregnant Paula as Spock of the USS Enterprise." "Choice" is not "just about abortion" and neither is it intended for just a female audience. As Kelly Hammargren, the Caucus' exhibitions chairwoman wrote, "Even though the art and the artist statements are by women, the audience is all of us."

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