Women in the Arts: Julieta González

‘Women's role in shaping the history of contemporary art is being reappraised’

For this series celebrating women in the arts, the Artistic Director of Museo Jumex, Mexico City, shares her experience of working as a woman in museums and how it has shaped her understanding of gender in the arts.

As you were starting out in the arts, what were the possibilities for mentorship, collaboration and cross-generational engagement among women?

I have worked mostly under the supervision of women since I started working in a museum in 1994, and cross-generational engagement was definitely a constant throughout my career. I encountered female mentors (few and far between, but very important in my professional development) but also others (often they would be museum directors) who were abusive and created a very tense work environment. Perhaps this attitude of negative competitiveness was due to the fact that women of their generation may have had to fight their way to occupy positions of power in male-dominated art institutions.

What, if any, were the difficulties of embarking on a career in the arts as a woman?

Working in mostly female environments, at least in my experience working in museums, I did not perceive that it was particularly difficult for a woman to embark on a career in the arts. Nevertheless, the disproportionately fewer female artists in gallery and museum programmes was a constant reminder of other, persistent forms of gender inequality in the field, which have also shaped my understanding of gender in the arts.   

What has changed today?

This situation is now changing, as the work of women artists is increasingly present in monographic surveys and group shows organized by museums. Their role in shaping the history of contemporary art is being reappraised.

What are your thoughts about #Metoo and other initiatives to call attention to sexual harassment?

I think abuse should be denounced, but always with sufficient evidence to back up claims.

Julieta González is the Artistic Director of Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico.

Most Read

In further news: white supremacist vandals attack Rothko Chapel; Israeli minister bans art produced in solidarity with...
To experience the music of the composer, who passed away last week at the age of 69, was to hear something tense,...
In a year charged with politicized tensions, mastery of craft trumps truth-to-power commentary
The US writer, who died last week, brought a quality of inestimable importance to the modern novel: a mind that was...
The $21M painting was the highest price ever paid for a work by a living African American artist at auction
Royal bodies, the ‘incel’ mindset and those Childish Gambino hot-takes: what to read this weekend
In further news: women wearing rainbow badges beaten in Beijing’s 798; gallerists Georg Kargl and Richard Gray have...
‘Coping as a woman in France is a daily battle: the aggression can be subtle, and you always have to push harder to...
The rapper and artist have thoughts about originality in art; Melania Trump tries graphic design – all the latest...
The dilapidated Nissen hut from which Rachel Whiteread will take a cast
Yorkshire residents complain that the concrete sculpture of a ‘Nissen hut’ will attract excrement, vandalism and litter
Poul Erik Tøjner pays tribute to Denmark’s most important artist since Asger Jorn
Toyin Ojih Odutola’s portraits of a fictional aristocratic Nigerian family push toward an expanded definition...
Photographer Dragana Jurisic says her account was deactivated after she uploaded an artwork depicting a partially naked...
In further news: open letter protests all-male shortlist for BelgianArtPrize; Arts Council of Ireland issues...
From Sol Calero’s playful clichés of Latin America to an homage to British modernist architect Alison Smithson
Everybody’s favourite underpaid, over-educated, raven-haired art critic, Rhonda Lieberman, is as relevant as ever
‘Prize & Prejudice’ at London's UCL Art Museum is a bittersweet celebration of female talent
The curators want to rectify the biennale’s ‘failure to question the hetero-normative production of space’; ‘poppers...
A fragment of the brutalist Robin Hood Gardens will go on show at the Venice Architecture Biennale
‘Women's role in shaping the history of contemporary art is being reappraised’
Three shows in Ireland celebrate the legendary polymath, artist and author of Inside the White Cube
The legendary performance artists will partner up again to detail their tumultuous relationship in a new book
An open letter signed by over 100 leading artists including 15 Turner prize-winners says that new UK education policy...
Naturists triumph at art gallery; soothing students with colouring books; Kanye’s architectural firm: your dose of art...
Avengers: Infinity War confirms the domination of mass culture by the franchise: what ever happened to narrative...
The agency’s founder talks about warfare in the age of post truth, deconstructing images and holding states and...
From hobnobbing with Oprah to championing new art centres, millennial crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is following a...
A juror for the award last year, Dan Fox on why the Turner Prize is and always will be political (whatever that means)
The argument that ancestral connection offers a natural grasp of the complex histories and aesthetics of African art is...
One of most iconic and controversial writers of the past 40 years, Tom Wolfe discusses writing, art and intellectual...

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

March 2018

frieze magazine

April 2018

frieze magazine

May 2018