The idea was us—women in control of our own body, enjoying freedom of our body and to move about as freely in this world as a man might.

Nancy Spero

Artist and activist Nancy Spero (American, 1926–2009) produced radical work that confronted oppression and inequality while challenging the aesthetic orthodoxies of contemporary art. Among the first feminist artists, Spero drew on archetypal representations of women across various cultures and times in an attempt to reframe history itself from a perspective that she termed “woman as protagonist.” Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror, on view at MoMA PS1 through June 23, surveys the full arc of Spero’s artistic evolution, bringing together more than 100 works made over six decades, in the first major museum exhibition in the US since the artist’s death in 2009. In this video introducing the exhibition, she expresses her passion and fearlessness in challenging the status quo through archival footage and her work itself.

Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror was organized by the Museo Tamayo. The exhibition is organized by Julie Ault and organized at MoMA PS1 by Peter Eleey, Chief Curator, with Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.