The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.

November 7, 2014 - September 26, 2015

Curated by Michelle Weinberg and Sarah Michelle Rupert

To recognize the prevalence of narrative in art of the moment, Girls’ Club presents The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona., an exhibition of works by thirty eight artists from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, curated by directors Sarah Michelle Rupert and Michelle Weinberg. 

These works invite the viewer to experience a singular isolated moment, an evocative backdrop or a deeply imagined character, sometimes a combination of two or more. Mostly the work of female contemporary artists, many of the stories channel archetypal narratives from mythology and fairy tales. Others examine contemporary relationships across a vast range from sober examinations of self and environment to high melodramas.

Works in drawing, painting, video, sculpture, print and new media reveal the continued power of storytelling in art today, and the myriad forms it takes.

Public programming throughout the year include artists talks, workshops, experimental theatre, readings, panel discussions, performances and other events involving the community in the dynamic occupation of storytelling.


Nina Chanel Abney
Ida Applebroog
Leandra Arvazzetti
Hernan Bas
Sanford Biggers
Leah Brown
Delia Brown
Sophie Calle
Amy Cutler
Melanie Daniel
Scott Daniel Ellison
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Anna Gaskell
Jackie Gendel
Kate Gilmore
Aramis Gutierrez
Marcella Hackbardt
Jane Hammond
Mona Hatoum
Vera Iliatova
Chantal Joffe
Rosemary Laing
Natalya Laskis
Jillian Mayer
Wangechi Mutu
Lori Nix
Christina Pettersson
Paco Pomet
Faith Ringgold
Lisa Sanditz
Alessandra Sanguinetti
Kanako Sasaki
Onajide Shabaka
Dasha Shishkin
Carolyn Swiszcz
Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Su-en Wong
Katharina Wulff


Designed by Jill Weisberg of Schrift & Farbe Design Group, the full color catalog features an introduction from creative director Michelle Weinberg, a fictionalized history from gallery director Sarah Michelle Rupert, an essay from curator and author Elizabeth Shannon, 
and a selection of poems from writer-in-residence Laura McDermott inspired by works in the exhibit.
Taking various forms and functions from accordion fold-outs to perforated companion prints to a detachable mini book, inserts from Lisa Sanditz, Carolyn Swiszcz, Yanira Collado, and a collaborative project from Amalia Caputo and Marina Font are included.

Designed, printed and bound locally in South Florida.
Edition of 200.

Gallery Notes


Gallery Notes provide additional information about the exhibition and the works included. Find a full checklist and curatorial information about each artist and their work in order of exhibition appearance.

Gallery Notes are available on site for self guided tours and online as an additional resource.

Designed by Bailey Glazer.

Press Release

October 28, 2014 - Fort Lauderdale - The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona. is an examination of the uses of narrative in contemporary art from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. The exhibition of works in drawing, painting, video and new media reveal the continued power of storytelling in art today, and the myriad forms it takes.

In the Press

Panorama: The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.

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November 2014



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Funding for this exhibition, catalog and related programming was made possible in part by Funding Arts Broward, Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and private donors.