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To all my sisters in this forum topic, often dominated by men, I give you this, partly taken from the press release of the 2 month event put on by the world renowned art gallery. Let me know what you think.

The Houdini Museum and myself are featured as part of a fine arts exhibit in New York City, Feb 14 to Apr 7, 2017, in Elaine Byrne's "women boxed" a Free ISCP Exhibition, Opening Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6 to 8pm. (I will be there!)
This program is supported, in part, by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

It is an exhibition by well known artist Elaine Byrne, in the first floor Space. "women boxed" is a 3-channel video installation, that invites dialogue about women's roles in society, and how women's labor is viewed, using the magic trick of sawing a woman in half as a pivotal metaphor, and includes footage of the renowned female magician, Dorothy Dietrich.

One of the 3 videos was recently filmed on location at the Houdini Museum in Scranton, PA, where Elaine filmed Dorothy Dietrich, where Dietrich is a performer and Director. Dietrich speaks about her role as a female magician in a male-dominated industry, and discusses the classic magic trick of a glamorous woman being sawed in half by a man, first publicly performed by P.T. Selbit in January 1921.

The other 2 videos show several other magicians performing their versions of the stunt, and the audiences' responses. Byrne observes, "The world of magic has been dominated by men, evoking ever-present gender inequality, parallel to today's world of ever-present gender inequality, where the female assistant plays the role of victim – she is a woman literally encased in a box, seeming to await her fate. While the male magician saws her in half, he is propelled to fame, as the audience delights in the female assistant being subjected to peril and pain. In actuality, the female assistant is largely responsible for the success of the trick, but her labor is hardly recognized. At a time when women continue fighting for many freedoms and equalities all over the world, "women boxed" alludes to these struggles through the arena of magic and illusion."

Elaine Byrne sought out Dietrich, who along with other accomplishments is well known as "the first woman to saw a man in half."

Elaine Byrne (born in Ireland and based in New York) has had solo shows at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Montoro12, Rome; Limerick City Gallery; Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; and Atrio Cultura Space, Mexico. She was the winner of the 8th Arte Laguna sculpture prize (2014) and TINA prize (2015). Her work is in permanent collections including: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Pennsylvania; Office of Public Works, Ireland; The Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland; and PWC, London, England. She is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
Opening Reception: Feb 14, 2017, 6 to 8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 6pm
On View Tue Feb 14 to Fri Apr 07
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
1040 Metropolitan Avenue / 718-387-2900 / iscp-nyc.org
NY NY 11211

Thanks all for reading and check out my currently running, till Mar 9 and beyond, successful KickStarter project, Houdini-Opoly at http://HoudiniOpoly.com or on KickStarter at

Thanks again,
Dorothy Dietrich
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