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Behind the Mask
The Art of Women Welders

Curated by Karen Dimit

and Janet Rutkowski

Exhibition on view:

March 7 - April 28, during gallery hours: 

Thursday & Friday, 5-9pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 2-9pm

Opening reception: March 7, 6-9pm

Culture Lab LIC is excited to announce Behind the Mask, an exhibition showcasing the art of women artists who weld and work in metal.


It is a misconception that there are few women working in metal in the arts. Throughout our history there have been many now-famous women who have made great strides in metalwork including: Barbara Hepworth, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Alice Aycock , etc

The Behind the Mask exhibition features Wappen Field, an installation by Michelle Jaffé. Wappen Field is a sculpture and sound installation comprised of 12 chrome-plated steel helmets resembling face guards. Each helmet is a resonant chamber, where their dedicated speakers transform the sculptural installation into an immersive audio environment.

Special Event:

Artist Talk

with Wappen Field artist,

Michelle Jaffé

April 27, 3pm

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Vocal recordings created for Wappen Field by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, culled from seven diverse performers, are composed by Michelle Jaffé and spatialized algorithmically by David Reeder in SuperCollider.

Featured Artists

Sheila Berger
Caroline Bergonzi
Katee Boyle
Imogen Brent
Pam Brown
Regina Corritore
Bruna D'Alessandro
Karen Kettering Dimit
Marguerite Elliot
Iulia Filipov-Serediuc
Christine Galvez
Janet Goldner
Gaelle Hintzy Marcel
Michelle Jaffé

Wendy Kaplan Friend

Pema Kongpo
Alexandra Limpert
Patricia Talbot
Marsha Pels
Marsha Powell
Nancy Quin
Janet Rutkowski
Fara'h Salehi
Corrina Sephora
Chiva Soriano
Anne Stanner
Natsuki Takauji
Maria Volkova
Rebecca Welz

Culture Lab LIC

5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City,

New York, NY 11101 ( Map )

Feaured Artists
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