Now What?! Feminist Exhibition Experiments and Histories

Catalogue and exhibition postcard
Catalogue and exhibition postcard, More Than the Sum of Our Body Parts, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago (1993) “More Than the Sum of Our Body Parts: An Exhibit by CARY, 1992-1993,” Ms1994-023, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Now What?! Feminist Exhibition Experiments and Histories

Point Line Projects (Sarah Rafson)

GWU Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Zoom



The feminist movement has impacted every facet of society, including the way we view art and architecture. Unfortunately, feminism’s impact on architecture has been largely overlooked. This lecture will explore one of these under-recognized efforts—an exhibition by the Chicago-based feminist curatorial collective CARYATIDS—as well as recent exhibitions by ArchiteXX and Point Line Projects that aim to put feminist exhibition principles into practice.


Sarah Rafson, the founder of Point Line Projects, is an architecture writer, researcher, editor, and curator. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Columbia University's Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices program, she has worked on books with Kenneth Frampton, Bernard Tschumi, and Barry Bergdoll, and collaborated on exhibitions at MoMA, Centre Pompidou, Center for Architecture in New York, and the Parsons School of Design. While at MoMA, Sarah assisted in the development of exhibitions on contemporary architecture and was the editorial assistant for the catalogue of the 2015 exhibition Latin America in Construction. While at Columbia, Sarah won the Buell Center Oral History Prize for her thesis on the feminist Chicago architecture curatorial collective, CARYATIDS. She currently sits on the board of ArchiteXX and writes on a range of issues in architecture and design.