Pioneering Women's Art

Patsy Norvell with A.I.R. founding members in Daria Dorosh's loft, 1974. Photo courtesy of David Attie

Patsy Norvell, known for her sculpture, installation and public art, has been active in the women's movement since 1969. In 1972, she participated in the groundbreaking show, 13 Women, held in a rented space on Prince Street in New York and later that year, founded A.I.R. Gallery, the first co-operative gallery in the country to show only women artists. Her own art embraced experimental materials and in her notable work from 1973, Hair Quilt, Norvell has taken the craft tradition of quilting and created a striking autobiographical conversation by using clippings of her friend's hair to create patterned squares.