Miriam Schapiro/ Miriam Schapiro

Canada 1923 - 2015

Abstract Expressionism, Painting, Prints, Collage, Design, Figurative Art

Miriam Schapiro
Miriam Schapiro

Miriam Shapiro was born in Toronto, Canada, as an only child of Russian Jewish parents. Both sets of grandparents emigrated from Russia. Her maternal grandfather invented the first movable doll’s eye in the United States and manufactured Teddy Bears (named after Theodore Roosevelt). Her father was an industrial design artist who fostered her desire to be an artist and served as her role model and mentor (he was the artist himself and an intellectual, studying at the Beaux Arts in New York City at the time of Miriam’s birth). Her mother was a stay at home mother who worked part-time during the depression. She was highly supportive of Miriam’s wish to be a professional artist. Miriam began sketching at the age of six. She attended classes at the Museum of Modern Art and learned to draw from the nude model at age 14 when she attended Federal Art Project classes. Miriam Schapiro received her BA in 1945, her MA in 1946 and her MFA in 1949, all from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she studied printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky.

Miriam started with abstraction artworks

 american  chicago american  chicago american  chicago american  chicago Miriam Schapiro - Fanfare (detail), 1958, photo credits www.carterpresentation.blogspot.com
Miriam Schapiro – Fanfare (detail), 1958, photo credits www.carterpresentation.blogspot.com

Transformation of Style

At the university, Schapiro met and married fellow artist Paul Brach. The couple moved to New York in 1951, when Abstract Expressionism was exerting a powerful influence. From 1952 to 1955 she functioned as a children’s art teacher, real estate secretary, and bookshop assistant in New York. Since 1955, she has been a full-time artist. Schapiro was a member of thesecond generation of the Abstract Expressionism movement in the 1950s. She began to show at the Andre Emmerich Gallery in 1958. Her Cubist-derived style was transformed by this movement’s influence, leading her into a series of painterly, calligraphic figural and landscape works. Her art was characterized by subtle colors and painterly, gestural strokes. Women appeared in her paintings during these early years of her career, whether they were appropriations of famous art historical masterpieces or incorporated photographs of celebrities such as Judy Garland or Gloria Swanson.

Miriam Schapiro talks about specific art rules not made by women

Shrine Series of Mimi Schapiro

Beginning in 1960 Schapiro gradually eliminated the abstract expressionist brushwork from her paintings, introducing a variety of geometric forms. Rectangular window-like openings in some works were prophetic of her subsequent Shrine series. Each Shrine painting depicted compartments representing different sections of the woman artist’s self. The bottom compartment was a mirror (self-reflection); the next contained an egg (woman/creator); the third was an image fragment borrowed from the history of art, and the top frame contained the color gold (aspiration). The Shrine series was pivotal in Schapiro’s career and foreshadowed much of her mature work. Her use of self-referential symbols became increasingly important. Her painting, Big Ox No. 1, from 1968, references Shrine series, however no longer compartmentalized. The center O takes on the symbol of the egg which exists as the window into the maternal structure with outstretched limbs. Big Ox No.1 was inspired by the thought of a large, imposing sense of landscape coming toward the viewer and inviting him to become part of it. It could actually be viewed as Miriam’s first feminist painting. The letter O is superimposed on the X in very feminine pink and apricot hues, and the geometry hardly masks a sexual connotation. After joining the new California Institute of the Arts in Valencia as the first female faculty member, Schapiro met Judy Chicago. She visited Chicago’s class for women artists at Fresno State College and also met women artists in Southern California. What she realized was that women were not working in studios as did the artists of New York. In the 1970s, she established the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia, together with Judy Chicago. The program set out to address the problems in the arts from an institutional position. Often nicknamed Mimi Appleseed, after Johnny Appleseed whose dream was for a land where blossoming apple trees were everywhere (even more often just Mimi), Schapiro has opened paths previously closed and unknown to women artists, past and present, trained and untrained.

Miriam used self-referential symbols in her Shrine series

Miriam Schapiro - Painting one of her Shrine series (detail) (left), Shrine (for R.K.) (detail) (right) 1963, photo credits www.wikiart.org
Miriam Schapiro – Painting one of her Shrine series (detail) (left), Shrine (for R.K.) (detail) (right) 1963, photo credits www.wikiart.org

Dollhouse at the Womanhouse

In 1972, the two artists co-created Womanhouse with twenty-one art students. This landmark collaborative art project explored feminist concerns about women’s place in the professional and art worlds. The transformation of a Hollywood house, previously scheduled to be demolished, allowed the artists to make traditionally female spaces, such as kitchens, into feminist works of art. She participated in the Womanhouse exhibition in 1972. Mimi’s smaller piece within this exhibition was called Dollhouse (one of the best-known icons of feminist art) and it was constructed using various scrap pieces to create all the furniture and accessories in the house. Each room signified a particular role a woman plays in society and depicted the conflicts between them. In this assemblage, with its stage-like settings of toy furniture, wood, fabric, paint and paper, the only male included is a stuffed fabric nude model for the artist’s studio. As her career progressed, Mimi Schapiro became interested in art and techniques that had been considered so-called female art or women’s work. These techniques included quilting and embroidery, and have often been ignored in canonical, allegedly, high art, using common materials, creating altered and substituted canvases. Schapiro even invented the term femmage to explain her process for creating art, in which she began to combine painting, textiles, and paper into collages. The use of monumental scale and patterned or decorative fabric pieces merged in the femmage was a strong response to a patriarchal history of art. Femmage is work done by a woman, where scraps and recycled material are essential in the process of creation. Preserving and collecting are very important, so are the drawing and handwriting sewed in the work. The theme of femmage work always addresses itself to the audience in a woman-like context. There are abstract patterns and photographs of other printed material.

The center O takes on the symbol of the egg which exists as the window into the maternal

Miriam Schapiro - Big Ox No. 1, 1968
Miriam Schapiro – Big Ox No. 1, 1968, photo credits www.slideshare.net

Pattern and Decoration

Schapiro was one of the leaders of Pattern and Decoration (also labeled Pattern Painting), a major movement of the mid-to-late 1970s which offered an alternative to the rigidity and persistence of the Minimalist and Conceptual movements of the 1960s. It is an art movement situated in the United States from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, sometimes it is referred to as P&D or as The New Decorativeness. The movement was championed by the gallery owner Holly Solomon. The Pattern and Decoration movement consisted of artists, many of whom had art education backgrounds, who had been involved with the abstract schools of art of the 1960s. The westernized, male-dominated climate of artistic thought throughout Modernism had led to a marginalization of what was considered non-Western and feminine. These artists also looked for inspiration outside of the United States. The influence of Islamic tile work from Spain and North Africa are visible in the geometric, floral patterns. They looked at Mexican, Roman, and Byzantine mosaics; Turkish embroidery, Japanese woodblocks; and Iranian and Indian carpets and miniatures. Today, one of the more interesting components of P&D was its challenge to the male domination of the art world, which certainly motivated Miriam Schapiro. In the late 1960s when she was teaching at UC San Diego, Schapiro organized an art program that pioneered an aggressively feminist approach to overlooked materials and art practices. But feminist concerns were only one of the various engines of P&D. Schapiro organized a meeting (at Zakanitch’s loft) of several artists interested in using alternative materials and decorative sources in their work. Later that fall, Kushner, Jaudon, Schapiro, Zakanitch, Kozloff and Tony Robbin all met at Golden’s Brooklyn apartment to continue the discussion. The fierce gender politics Miriam Schapiro embedded in her “femmages”, while historically important and largely successful, by now have been sufficiently absorbed into the mainstream so that the artworks included here hardly seem confrontational. Nevertheless, works like Gates of Paradise (1980) and her large Heartland (1985), a heart-shaped fabric and acrylic collage made with fabric flowers scattered over cascades of interlocking painted polygons adapted from Islamic decoration, have a considerable visual impact.

The transformation of a Hollywood house allowed the artists to make traditionally female spaces

Miriam Schapiro - Dollhouse (detail), photo credits collection from the Luce Foundation for American Art
Miriam Schapiro – Dollhouse (detail), photo credits collection from the Luce Foundation for American Art

Mimi Schapiro’s Collaborations and 80s Return to Figurative Artworks

Miriam Schapiro worked on a series of alleged collaborations in which she explored her relation to other female artists. In her Collaboration series (1975-1976) femmage patterning was employed to frame works by women artists of the past. She used images from the works of women such as Frida Kahlo or Mary Cassatt. In an updated piece Schapiro surrounded the old image with images from her own life. In Homage to Goncharova (1979) she paid tribute to the theater and costume designs created by Natalia Goncharova for the Ballet Russes in the 1920s. Her interest in theater continued in the Presentation series of 1982-1983, in which an abstract figure was enclosed by two borders resembling a proscenium arch and curtain. Anatomy of a Kimono (1976) was a monumental ten-panel work in which she explored the beauty of pattern and color relationships in the traditional ceremonial garment. Since the mid-1980s she has returned to figurative work, using fabric and more dynamic brushwork and motifs. Inspired by theater and dance, her large canvases display the creative woman in action on stage. I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can (1984) and Master of Ceremonies (1985) each presented three dancers on a stage. The lively abstract qualities of the dancers and cut out patterns owed a debt to artists such as Matisse, Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay. Schapiro maintained her feminist viewpoint in these artworks. Schapiro continued to work with dancing figures in large paintings such as Ragtime (1988) and in her monumental public sculpture, Anna and David, a 35-foot outdoor piece in Rosslyn, Virginia. Her 1989 book, Rondo, contained a colorful accordion foldout with a string of highly animated dancing figures as well as a series of Schapiro signature images: the kimono, the heart, pieces of fabric, a crocheted bag. Since the 1990s, Schapiro’s artworks have incorporated figurative elements; the femininity alluded to in her abstract works has become personified and emerged from within femmage patterns as exuberant, dancing women. Some of the paintings from the 1980s to 2008 are very important to Miriam’s creative portfolio. Gates of Paradise of 1980, Presenting Eden 1990, are just a few.

Schapiro worked on a series of alleged collaborations to explore relation to other female artists

Miriam Schapiro - Agony in the Garden (detail), 1991, photo credits www.hyperallergic.com
Miriam Schapiro – Agony in the Garden (detail), 1991, photo credits www.hyperallergic.com

Awards, Recognitions, Education and Public Site Collections

Schapiro has received many honors and awards, including The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Skowhegan Medal for Collage and the Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Artist’s Residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy.
She has also been honored by the National Association of Schools of Art and the National Women’s Caucus for Art. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association and also received the Harrison-Hooks Artist Lifetime Achievement Award from the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland Florida, as well as the Elan Award from the Women’s Studio Center in New York. The Miriam Schapiro Archives for Women Artists at Rutgers University. Miriam Schapiro is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and has been the subject of numerous doctoral and master’s degree dissertations and she has been honored with painting retrospectives, a thirty-year works on paper retrospective, numerous one-person exhibitions and has been included in hundreds of group exhibitions throughout the world. Miriam Schapiro’s art can be found in numerous private and public collections such as: The Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum of Art, New York, New York; The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; The National Gallery of Art and The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, California; The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana. International Collections: The Luswig Museum, Aachen, Germany; The Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia. Mimi Schapiro was originally known as an Abstract Expressionist, but she has moved through various techniques and innovative materials in her artwork. She was one of the earliest artists to work with computers, geometric abstractions, figure drawing, and various other styles. Schapiro is acknowledged as a feminist visionary and she definitely leaves an artistic legacy that will occupy a considerable place in 20th-century history.

All images used for illustrative purpose only © Miriam Schapiro

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2008Mini-RetrospectiveFlomenhaft Gallery, NYCSolo
2008Wack - Art and the Feminist RevolutionP.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, Queens, NYGroup
2008Wack - Art and the Feminist RevolutionVancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, CanadaGroup
2008Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art CollectionElizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, NYGroup
2007Claiming Space: Some American Feminist OriginatorsKatzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington, DCGroup
2007Pattern and Decoration: An Ideal Vision in American Art, 1975-1985Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NYGroup
2007Post Dec: Beyond Pattern and DecorationJoseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, CTGroup
2007Wack - Art and the Feminist RevolutionMuseum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Wack - Art and the Feminist RevolutionNational Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DCGroup
2006Dancers, Dolls, Etc. 1976-2006Flomenhaft Gallery, NYCSolo
2004Anarchy and Form: Works by Miriam SchapiroMabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJSolo
2004Miriam Schapiro: A RetrospectiveKristen Frederickson Contemporary Art, NYCSolo
2004Miriam Schapiro: An Artist’s JourneyBrenau University Galleries, Gainsville, GASolo
2003Small Works of Miriam SchapiroDaywood Gallery, Alderson-Broaddus College, WVSolo
2003NYPD: New York Pattern & DecorationRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2002Miriam Schapiro’s Art: A JourneyUniversity of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IASolo
2002Works on PaperHuntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WVSolo
2001Miriam Schapiro: A RetrospectiveLowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FLSolo
2001Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveEdwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Witchita, KSSolo
2001Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveGulf Coast Museum of Art, Belleair, FLSolo
2000Miriam SchapiroArlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NYSolo
2000Miriam Schapiro: A RetrospectiveMiami University Art Museum, Oxford, OHSolo
2000Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveHeckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NYSolo
2000Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveBrevard Museum of Art and Science, Melbourne, FLSolo
2000Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveHunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TNSolo
2000Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveKresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MISolo
2000Miriam Schapiro: New Work, DivaBernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
1999Miriam Schapiro: A RetrospectivePolk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FLSolo
1999Miriam Schapiro: Reconstructing Women’s TraditionsSavannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GASolo
1999Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveTucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZSolo
1999Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year RetrospectiveThe Art Museum of Missoula, MNSolo
1998Miriam Schapiro: A Seamless LifeDuPont Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VASolo
1998Gallery ArtistsSteinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCGroup
1998High Art - High Jinks in Contemporary ArtFoster Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
1998The LegacyBrevard Museum of Art and Science, Melbourne, FLGroup
1998Selections from Soho: Steinbaum Krauss Gallery ArtistsFort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango, COGroup
1997Miriam Schapiro: A Woman’s WayNational Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DCSolo
1997Collaged, Femmaged, Printed & PaintedSteinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCSolo
1997A Woman's WayNational Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington, DCGroup
1997Art PatternsAustin Museum of Art, Austin, TXGroup
1997Crossing the ThresholdSteinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCGroup
1997Female Artists from Graphic StudiosPolk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FLGroup
1997Hanging by a ThreadHudson River Museum, Yonkers, NYGroup
1997The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art-to-Wear in AmericaThe Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
1997Patchwork: Contemporary Interpretations of the Quilt FormIslip Art Museum, NYGroup
1997Real(ist) Women IINorthwood University, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
1997Wild Women SalonMorgan Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
1996Miriam Schapiro: A Seamless LifeSawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VASolo
1996Artists Portraits and StatementsMabel Smith Douglass Library, Douglass and Cook Colleges, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJGroup
1996Contemporary Printmaking in America: Collaborative Prints and PressesNational Museum of American Art, Washington, DCGroup
1996Gallery Artists, Summer ExhibitionSteinbaum Krauss, NYCGroup
1996Mother and Child: A Contemporary ViewArlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
199625 Years of Feminism, 25 Years of Women’s Art, Mary H. Dana Women Artist SeriesMason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJGroup
1996Women’s Work: A Century of Achievement in American ArtThe Columbus Museum, Columbus, GAGroup
1995About FacesSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
1995Contemporary Symbolism: Sacred & ProfaneArlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
1995Division of Labor: Women’s Work in Contemporary ArtThe Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYGroup
1995Division of Labor: Women’s Work in Contemporary ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1995Focus on Women: Women at the End of the 20th CenturyThe Cultural and Civic Center of Southampton, Southampton, NYGroup
1995Making Faces: American PortraitsThe Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NYGroup
1995A Matter of Synthesis: Collage & AssemblageArlene Bujese Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
1995Skirting the DecorativeHarbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MAGroup
1994Collaboration Series 1994: Mother RussiaSteinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCSolo
1994Miriam SchapiroWest Virginia University, College of Creative Arts, Morgantown, WVSolo
1994Continuing Innovation: Contemporary American Quilt ArtSaint Mary’s College, Moreau Galleries, Notre Dame, INGroup
1994The Figure: Gallery Artists +2Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCGroup
1994Give Me ShelterSaint Paul Companies, Minneapolis, MNGroup
1994House Sweet HouseNJ Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJGroup
1994The Label Show: Contemporary Art & The MuseumMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
1994Memories of Childhood… So We’re not the Cleavers or the Brady BunchSteinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCGroup
1994Pyramid Atlantic, Evolution in Print, 14 Years of CollaborationAddison-Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DCGroup
1994Town and CountryMuseum of Modern Art Advisory Service for General Electric, NYCGroup
1994A View of One’s OwnJane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJGroup
1994West Virginia Collects: Three Generations of American ArtSunrise Art Museum, Charlestown, WVGroup
1993Miriam Schapiro, Twentieth Anniversary CelebrationARC Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1993The Artist and the QuiltJanice Charach Epstein Museum Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Westbloomfield, MIGroup
1993Contemporary American QuiltsCrafts Council, London, EnglandGroup
1993Dolls in Contemporary Art: A Metaphor of Personal IdentityPatrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WIGroup
1993Establishing the LegacyThe National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DCGroup
1993Gallery ArtsistsSteinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCGroup
1993Look at the BookGuild Hall, East Hampton, NYGroup
1993Master Prints from the Rutgers Center for Innovative PrintmakingThe Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJGroup
1993Women’s Art, Women’s Lives, Women’s IssuesTweed Gallery, NYCGroup
1992Miriam SchapiroFullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CASolo
1992Miriam SchapiroMendelson Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1992The Nature of Miriam SchapiroCurfman Gallery Fort Collins, COSolo
1992The Politics of the DecorativeGuild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NYSolo
1992The Edge of ChildhoodThe Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NYGroup
1992Floored ArtSteinbaum Krauss Gallery, NYCGroup
1992Master Prints from the Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, the First Five YearsThe Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJGroup
1992Narrative ArtVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
1992Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider ArtLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1992PersonagesBenton Gallery, Southampton, NYGroup
199217th Annual West Art and the LawWest Publishing Company, St. Paul, MNGroup
1991Collaboration Series: Frida Kahlo and MeBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCSolo
1991Miriam SchapiroBrevard Art Center, Melbourne, FLSolo
1991A New Acquisition in ContextMiami University Art Museum, Oxford, OHSolo
1991AIGA AnnualThe American Institute of Graphic Arts, NYCGroup
1991Art on PaperWeatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NCGroup
1991Aspects of CollageGuild Hall, East Hampton, NYGroup
1991Collage UngluedNorth Miami Museum, Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FLGroup
1991Crossing Over, Changing PlacesThe Print Club, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1991Designing WomenRutgers Summerfest, Walters Hall Gallery, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJGroup
1991Gallery Selection 1991Lew Allen Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
1991Graphicstudio: Contemporary Art from the Collaborative Workshop at the University of South FloridaNational Gallery of Art, Washington, DCGroup
1991InvitationalHebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, Riverdale, NYGroup
1991Presswork: The Art of Women PrintmakersNational Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DCGroup
1991Quilts in ContextWhyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta, CanadaGroup
1991ReprisePhyllis Rothman Gallery, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Madison, NJGroup
199120th Year Visiting Artists Invitational ExhibitionCU Art Galleries, Boulder, COGroup
1990Miriam SchapiroLewAllen-Butler Fine Art, Santa Fe, NMSolo
1990Miriam Schapiro: Works on PaperPhyllis Rothman Gallery, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Madison, NJSolo
1990The Mythic PoolBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCSolo
1990Art and FashionContemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LAGroup
1990The Art of FashionBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCGroup
1990Art on PaperWeatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NCGroup
1990The Complete PrintmakerSylvan Cole Gallery, NYCGroup
1990Contemporary Women, Works on PaperCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
1990Definitive Contemporary American Quilt ShowBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCGroup
1990East Hampton Avant-Garde: A Salute to the Signa GalleryGuild Hall, East Hampton, NYGroup
1990In BloomMuseum of Modern Art Advisory Service for Pfizer Corp., NYCGroup
1990Lines of Vision: Drawings by Contemporary WomenUniversity of North Texas, TXGroup
1990Paint, Print & PedistalLewAllen-Butler Fine Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
1990Pattern & Decoration, Selections from the Roth Collection of Works on PaperPolk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FLGroup
1990Prints of the EightiesGuild Hall, East Hampton, NYGroup
1990Quilting PartnersNorthern Illinois Art Museum, Chicago, ILGroup
1990Season CelebrationBenton Gallery, Southampton, NYGroup
1990The Southeast Bank CollectionNorton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
1989Art in FashionAlexandra Monett Fine Arts, New Orleans, LAGroup
1989Collage, Assemblage and ConstructionVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
1989The Eloquent ObjectOrlando Museum, Orlando, FLGroup
1989Lines of VisionHillwood Art Gallery, Long Island University, CW Post Campus, Greenvale, NYGroup
1989Making their Mark: Women Artists Today: A Documentary Survey 1970-1985Cincinnati Art Museum, OHGroup
1989Making their Mark: Women Artists Today: A Documentary Survey 1970-1985The New Orleans Museum of Art, LAGroup
1989Making their Mark: Women Artists Today: A Documentary Survey 1970-1985The Denver Art Museum, COGroup
1989Making their Mark: Women Artists Today: A Documentary Survey 1970-1985Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1989Masters 4 ExhibitionFine Arts Gallery, Long Island University, Southampton Campus, Southampton, NYGroup
1989Quilting Partners, Sao Paulo - Illinois PartnersMuseu da Casa Brasileira, BrazilGroup
1989Selections from the Bernice Steinbaum GalleryAxis Twenty, Inc., Atlanta, GAGroup
1988RagtimeBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCSolo
1988Alice, and Look Who Else, Through the Looking GlassBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCGroup
1988Group ShowAnne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, IDGroup
1988Art and the LawThe American Bar Association Meeting, Toronto, CanadaGroup
1988Committed to PrintThe Museum of Modern Art, NYCGroup
1988Drawing on the East EndThe Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
1988Group ShowElaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NYGroup
1988Extraordinarily FashionableColumbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SCGroup
1988The FeminineSherry French Gallery, NYCGroup
1988FigurationMuseum of Modern Art Advisory Service for General Electric Company, NYCGroup
1988Herstory: Women and the U.S. ConstitutionAtlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GAGroup
1988HothouseKohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
1988Just Like a WomanGreenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SCGroup
1988100 Women’s DrawingsHillwood Art Gallery, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Greenvale, NYGroup
1988The Politics of GenderQueensborough Community College Gallery, The City University of New York, Queens, NYGroup
1988Romance is BackLintas New York, Lintas Worldwide, NYCGroup
1988Group ShowVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
1988Group ShowWilson Art Center, The Harley School, Rochester, NYGroup
1988The Women’s Caucus for Art 1988 Honor Awards ExhibitionHouston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TXGroup
1987Miriam SchapiroSimms Fine Art Gallery, New Orleans, LASolo
1987Miriam Schapiro: TheatricsGibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, SCSolo
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtPrichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, IDGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtThe Nickle Arts Museum, The University of Calgary, Alberta, CanadaGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtBoston University Art Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtAnderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VAGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtBass Museum, Miami, FLGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtThe Atlanta College of Art, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GAGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtWustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WIGroup
1987Art in Fashion, Fashion in ArtMuseum of Art, Munson- Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NYGroup
1987The Artist’s MotherThe Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NYGroup
1987The Artist’s MotherNational Portrait Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
1987Computers and ArtEverson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NYGroup
1987Contemporary American Collage 1960-1985Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MAGroup
1987Contemporary American Collage 1960-1985Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, CTGroup
1987Contemporary American Collage 1960-1985Lehigh University Gallery, Bethleham, PAGroup
1987Contemporary American Collage 1960-1985Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OHGroup
1987Contemporary American Collage 1960-1985Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJGroup
1987Contemporary American Collage 1960-1985Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NYGroup
1987The Eloquent ObjectPhilbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OKGroup
1987The Eloquent ObjectThe Oakland Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
1987The Eloquent ObjectMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
1987The Eloquent ObjectThe Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
1987The Eloquent ObjectThe Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FLGroup
1987The Eloquent ObjectVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VAGroup
1987The Hamptons in WinterGallery International 52, NYCGroup
1987The Political is PersonalNY Feminist Art Institute, Women’s Center for Learning, NYCGroup
1987Second Annual Invitational ExhibitionBenton Gallery, Southampton, NYGroup
1987Whisper Project, collaboration with Suzanne LacyMinneapolis, MNGroup
1987The Years of Passage: 1969 – 1975Fresno Art Center and Museum, Fresno, CAGroup
1986Miriam SchapiroVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYSolo
1986I’m Dancin’ as Fast as I CanBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCSolo
1986I’m Dancin’ as Fast as I CanGuilford College, Greensboro, NCSolo
1986Miriam Schapiro, Broadway WindowsNew York University, NYCSolo
1986Miriam Schapiro: A DecadeArtlink Contemporary Artspace, Ft. Wayne, INSolo
1986After MatisseQueens Museum, Flushing, NYGroup
1986After MatisseChrysler Museum, Norfolk, VAGroup
1986After MatissePortland Museum of Art, Portland, MEGroup
1986After MatisseBass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FLGroup
1986After MatisseThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DCGroup
1986After MatisseDayton Art Institute, Dayton, OHGroup
1986After MatisseWorchester Art Museum, Worchester, MAGroup
1986American Art: American WomenStamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CTGroup
1986Artist’s ChoiceTampa Museum, Tampa, FLGroup
1986GoldMuseum of Modern Art, NYCGroup
1986The Heroic Female: Images of PowerCeres Gallery, NYCGroup
1986Let’s Play HouseBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCGroup
1986The Watercolor ShowElaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NYGroup
1985Miriam SchapiroAppalachian State University, Boone, NCSolo
1985Femmages 1971-1985Brentwood Gallery, St. Louis, MOSolo
1985Academy-Institute Purchase ExhibitionAmerican Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NYCGroup
1985AdornmentsBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCGroup
1985AdornmentsMuscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VAGroup
1985AdornmentsPrichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, IDGroup
1985AdornmentsAmarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TXGroup
1985AdornmentsThe Tampa Museum, Tampa, FLGroup
1985AdornmentsUWM Museum, Milwaukee, WIGroup
1985AdornmentsToledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OHGroup
1985AdornmentsWake Forest University, Winston- Salem, NCGroup
1985AdornmentsBoca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLGroup
1985AdornmentsHunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TNGroup
1985AdornmentsArkansas Art Center, Little Rock, ARGroup
1985AdornmentsThe Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OHGroup
1985AdornmentsLamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NHGroup
1985American Baskets and Quilts: New Forms from Old TraditionsWoodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1985American Women in Art: Works on PaperMidmarch Associates, NYCGroup
1985American Women in Art: Works on PaperNairobi, KenyaGroup
1985The Artist & The QuiltTextile Museum, Washington, DCGroup
1985The Artist & The Quilt Companion ExhibitBradley University, Peoria, ILGroup
1985Artists Choose ArtistsEast Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, East Hampton, NYGroup
1985Collaboration Works: Women in ArtDeLand Museum of Art, DeLand, FLGroup
1985Collage: The State of the ArtBergen Museum of Arts and Science, Paramus, NJGroup
1985CostumesBette Stoler Gallery, NYCGroup
1985The Doll Show: Artists’ Dolls and FigurinesHillwood Art Gallery, Long IslandGroup
1985East Hampton Star 100th Anniversary PortfolioGuild Hall, East Hampton, NYGroup
1985LettersHillwood Art Gallery, Long Island University Art Gallery, C. W. Post Campus, Greenvale, NYGroup
1985The New Culture, Women Artists of the SeventiesUniversity of Akron Art Gallery, Akron, OHGroup
1985The New Culture, Women Artists of the SeventiesTruman Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, INGroup
1985Palladium Guerrilla Girl ExhibitionPalladium NYCGroup
1985Ten Years LaterWallace Wentworth Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
1984Miriam SchapiroAtlanta Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FLSolo
1984Miriam SchapiroDart Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1984Art and the LawWest Publishing, St. Paul, MNGroup
1984Black and White Bal MaskNewport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CAGroup
1984The Decorative ContinuesPam Adler Gallery, NYCGroup
1984The Fabric of OrnamentalismThe Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CTGroup
1984FascherNeue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
1984Fiber CrosscurrentsMichael Kohler Art Canter, Sheboygan, WIGroup
1984Humanism: an UndercurrentUniversity of South Florida, Tampa, FLGroup
1984Major Contemporary Women ArtistsSuzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1984The New Culture: Women Artists of the ‘70sState University of New York, Cortland, NYGroup
1984OlympiadCoplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
198417th Annual Artists of the Springs Invitational ExhibitionEast Hampton, NYGroup
1984Skowhegan ExhibitionHirschl & Adler Gallery, NYCGroup
1984Staged – StagesBernice Steinbaum Gallery, NYCGroup
1984Staged – StagesKilcawley Center, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OHGroup
1984Staged – StagesSarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TXGroup
1984Staged – StagesUSF Art Galleries, University of South Florida, Tampa, FLGroup
1984Staged – StagesFreedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PAGroup
1984Staged – StagesBrunnier Gallery Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, IAGroup
1984Staged – StagesPensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FLGroup
1984Staged – StagesJoan Whitney Payson Gallery, West Brook College, Portland, MEGroup
1984Staged – StagesLamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NHGroup
1984Staged – StagesUniversity Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OHGroup
1984Staged – StagesUniversity Art Gallery, California State University, Long Beach, CAGroup
1984Staged – StagesCollege of Wooster, Wooster, OHGroup
1984Stuff and Spirit: The Art and Craft MediaTwining Gallery, NYCGroup
1984Women Artist SeriesMabel Douglass Smith Library, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJGroup
1984Women Part ISidney Janis Gallery NYCGroup
1983Miriam SchapiroBarbara Gilman Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
1983Miriam SchapiroKent State University, Kent, OHSolo
1983Miriam SchapiroKoplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1983Miriam SchapiroMarian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1983Miriam SchapiroThomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MASolo
1983The Artist & The QuiltMarion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TXGroup
1983The Artist & The QuiltThe Arts Council, Winston-Salem, NCGroup
1983The Artist & The QuiltJane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJGroup
1983Artists in the Historical Archives at the Women’s Inter Art Center of New York CityPhiladelphia College of Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1983At HomeLong Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
1983Back to the U.S.A.Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, SwitzerlandGroup
1983Back to the U.S.A.Rheinishes Landesmuseum, Bonn, GermanyGroup
1983Back to the U.S.A.Wurtenbergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
1983Black and White Bal MasqueNewport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CAGroup
1983Brave New WorksMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
1983Collector’s Gallery XVIIIMarion Koogler Art Museum, San Antonio, TXGroup
1983The Decorative ContinuesPam Adler Gallery, NYCGroup
1983Exchange of Sources: Expanding PowersCalifornia State College, Stanislaus, Turlock, CAGroup
1982Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Visual Arts Gallery, Florida International University, Miami, FLSolo
1982Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Loch Haven Art Center, Miami, FLSolo
1982Miriam SchapiroAxiom Gallery, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
1982Miriam SchapiroDouglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, KSSolo
1982The Heartest SeriesDavid Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GASolo
1982Miriam SchapiroHodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NCSolo
1982Invitation and PresentationBarbara Gladstone Gallery, NYCSolo
1981Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Vassar College Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NYSolo
1981Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, INSolo
1981Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KSSolo
1981Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Everson Museum, Syracuse, NYSolo
1981Miriam Schapiro: The Black PaintingsBarbara Gladstone Gallery, NYCSolo
1981Miriam Schapiro: Neue BilderGalerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, GermanySolo
1980Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980The College of Wooster Art Museum, OHSolo
1980Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OHSolo
1980Miriam Schapiro, A Retrospective: 1953-1980Kalamazoo Institute of Fine Arts, MISolo
1980The Heartest SeriesBarbara Gladstone Gallery, NYCSolo
1980Miriam SchapiroLerner-Heller Gallery, NYCSolo
1980New PaintingsDart Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1979An Approach to the DecorativeLerner-Heller Gallery, NYCSolo
1979An Approach to the DecorativeGladstone-Villani Gallery, NYCSolo
1979FemmagesDavenport Municipal Art Gallery, IowaSolo
1979Handkerchief WorksDouglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, KansasSolo
1979New WorksMarcel Liatowitsch Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
1979Anonymous was a WomanCenter Gallery, Madison, WISolo
1979Anatomy of a KimonoBeaver College, Glenside, PASolo
1978Anatomy of a KimonoReed College Art Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1977Anatomy of a Kimono - Apron and Handkerchief SeriesAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1977Collaboration SeriesMitzi Landau (Artspace), Los Angeles, CASolo
1977FemmagesAllen Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OHSolo
1977FemmagesFairbanks Gallery, State University of Oregon, Corvallis, ORSolo
1977Anonymous was a WomanHonors Gallery, State University of Oregon, Corvallis, ORSolo
1976The Shrine, the Computer and the DollhouseCollege of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MNSolo
1976The Shrine, the Computer and the DollhouseU of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WISolo
1976Works on PaperA.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1976Works on PaperDouglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, MISolo
1976Selected Paintings - Women Artists SeriesMabel Smith Douglas College Library, New Brunswick, NJSolo
1976Miriam SchapiroAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1976Miriam SchapiroMitzi Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1975The Shrine, the Computer and the DollhouseMandeville Art Gallery, University of CA, San Diego, CASolo
1975The Shrine, the Computer and the DollhouseMills College, Oakland, CASolo
1975Works on PaperComsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1975Works on PaperBenson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NYSolo
1974Miriam Schapiro: A Cabinet for all SeasonsComsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1973Miriam Schapiro: New WorkAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1971Miriam SchapiroAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1969Recent PaintingsAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1967Miriam SchapiroAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1966The Evolution of a Theme: 1952-1966Lyman Allen Museum, New London, CTSolo
1965Miriam Schapiro: Paintings, Collages, PrintsFranklin Siden Gallery, Detroit, MISolo
1964Miriam SchapiroSkidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYSolo
1963New PaintingsAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1961Miriam Schapiro: Paintings and DrawingsAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1960Miriam SchapiroAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1958Miriam Schapiro: New WorkAndre Emmerich Gallery, NYCSolo
1951Miriam SchapiroIllinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, ILSolo