In the 1980s, while the younger generation was busy collecting Cabbage Patch Dolls and Care Bears, Linda Lee Alter began working on a collection guaranteed not to share an eventual eBay fate.
Dissatisfied with the lack of representation of female artists within public institutions, Alter, a Philadelphia artist, collector and founder of the Leeway Foundation, spent the next several decades gathering the work of women both influential and obscure.
Then, in 2010, she gave it all away — to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Beginning November 17, more than 200 works from the collection will be on display in the exhibition The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making their World. Following Alter’s original motivation for putting the pieces together, the show spins the globe on a feminine axis, embracing a range of philosophies, political perspectives and styles.
The show will be on display at PAFA through April 7, before embarking on a national tour. The opening reception takes place on Friday, November 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a Women’s History Month Art History Lecture Series and a Graduate Symposium on Women in American Art, among other exhibit-related programs.
Take an online tour of the collection here.
The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making their World at PAFA
When: November 17-April 7
Where: 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Admission $15 for adults, $12 seniors and students, $10 youth (12-18)
More info: www.pafa.org