The Female Gaze: The Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women

March 27 – May 4, 2014

This exhibition presents 77 self-portraits and works of art exploring community and identity from the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women, a collection of nearly 500 works of art by women donated to PAFA in 2010. Psychologically probing, emotionally revealing, confrontational, and funny self-portraits by Gertrude Abercrombie, Joan Brown, Elizabeth Catlett, Diane Edison, Ellen Lanyon, Sarah McEneaney, Kiki Smith, June Wayne, and others show the ways in which modern and contemporary artists have explored their appearances and interior lives. Works by Ann Agee, Judy Chicago, Viola Frey, Hung Liu, Alice Neel, Faith Ringgold, Joyce Treiman, and others meditate on how earlier generations impact the present and present generations bring the next into being. Works by Laylah Ali, Elizabeth Catlett, Hollis Sigler and others consider the effect of community support (or lack of it) in strengthening society or wearing away at individuals. Together the exhibition presents a strong collective voice from a wide range of artists who have had an impact on the ways artists approach selfhood and identity and whose work continues to provoke fascinating questions about society.  You can view the entire Linda Lee Alter collection online at


























 You can view the entire Linda Lee Alter collection online here.