One of the cool developments of the past decade has been the reassessment and historical embrace of the founding feminist art of the 1960s and '70s. Shows like "WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution," which toured nationally in 2007; "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968," on view at Tufts University in Boston through April 3; and the RISD Museum's recent surveys of Lynda Benglis and Pat Steir have been well-deserved celebrations of these women's work.
They've also made plain that the centrality of video, performance, and perhaps photography in contemporary art owes much to feminist artists of the '70s. And the evidence suggests that post-modernism's interrogation of history is a direct descendent of feminist questioning of art (and world) hierarchies.
"Crossing Currents: Feminism Now" at the University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery (80 Washington Street, through March 31) showcases more than 40 artists affiliated with two Rhode Island women artists collectives: Hera Gallery and the Hive Archive.