‘Girls,’ The Brooklyn Museum Episode

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Identity is, well, personal. So who are we to say what’s feminist or post-feminist?

The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at The Brooklyn Museum is going on record on this account by choosing to honor post-feminist firebrand Lena Dunham, who has raised hackles in some critical circles for her bald depictions of 21st Century womankind. She’ll be feted at their 11th annual Women in the Arts Luncheon, which in the past has honored groundbreaking artists like Kara Walker, Yoko Ono and Cindy Sherman.

While you mull that one over, it might help to know that the other honoree is the pioneering artist Laurie Simmons, whose work is steeped in gender critique and is part of the feminist canon.

Did we forget to say she’s also Lena Dunham’s mother? It’s the first time event has paid tribute to a mother and daughter. It would be reductive to refer to this as Take Your Daughter to Work Day at the Museum, and decidedly un-feminist. Still, it is somewhat tempting…

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