HARD EDGE, HARD WORK presents a group of film and video works by women artists that explore the physical, spiritual, and social properties of abstraction. The program spans the birth of experimental cinema to the present, and includes works by non-Western and anonymous artists.

Painter Agnes Martin described abstraction as revolution —a continual return to awareness, attention, repetition, and dedication. HARD EDGE, HARD WORK considers abstraction’s modernist legacy while seeking to consider the obsessions and impulses of women abstractionists: their generative relationship to the fundamental reorganization of the world through spiritual, artistic, and activist movements. Some of the works featured include Maya Deren’s surrealistic collaborations with Marcel Duchamp and Kate Gilmore’s volatile performances from the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

HARD EDGE, HARD WORK is being organized in conjunction with the exhibition ABSTRACT: Léonie Guyer, Ruth Laskey, Lynne Woods Turner, a fresh rediscovery of contemporary abstraction in the work of three women painters. ABSTRACT is on view at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Sept 4–Dec 5. Hours: Tues–Sun, 12– 5pm, FREE .