A prestigious, New York-based award, Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work.
The Award is given in recognition of an artist’s accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential. AWAW is not need-based, and it is by nomination only. Referring to a line in Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” the Anonymous Was A Woman Award begun in 1996 in response to the decision of the National Endowment of the Arts to cease support of individual artists. Other ACT current and former faculty and instructors that have received this award through the years include Joan Jonas, Judith Barry, Marisa Moran Jahn, and Claudia Joskowicz.
In 2021, Renée Green receives this award while her survey exhibition Inevitable Distances continues to be open to the pubic in Berlin at KW Institute for Contemporary Art and daadgalerie; Green’s exhibition has been highlighted by Frieze as one of the “top shows in the EU of 2021,” while a thorough review has also been published in the magazine: Renée Green Drills into the Calculus of Culture.
In addition, Green’s Space Poem #1 (2007) is now currently on view at the ICA Boston, in a dedicated spatial display of ICA’s recent acquisitions at the Founders Gallery.
Renée Green (born 1959, Cleveland, OH) is an artist, writer, and filmmaker known for her highly layered and formally complex multimedia installations in which ideas, perception, and experience are examined from myriad perspectives. Green’s exhibitions, videos and films have been presented throughout the world in museums and art institutions, among them the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University; MAK Center for Art + Architecture at the Schindler House, West Hollywood; and the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum, all in New York, as well as many others. Extensive surveys of her work have been organized by the Musée cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2009), Yerba Buena Center for Visual Arts, San Francisco (2010), and KW Institute for Contemporary Art and daadgalerie, Berlin (2021). Green’s most recent books include Pacing (2020, CCVA, FAM, Cambridge, Mass.), Other Planes of There: Selected Writings (2014, Duke University Press, Durham), Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams (2010, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco), and Ongoing Becomings (2009, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne). She is also the editor of the collection of essays Negotiations in the Contact Zone (2003, Assírio & Alvim, Lisbon) and a Professor at the MIT’s Art, Culture, and Technology Program, School of Architecture & Planning.