Women’s History Museum was founded by Mattie Barringer (b. 1990) and Amanda McGowan (b. 1990) in 2015 out of the desire to create novel and previously unseen images of beauty. The duo engages with fashion as a medium that has the potential to exist beyond regurgitative spectacle and the ability to change the fabric of reality. Their art practice, which includes sculpture, film, painting, drawing, photography, and performance, is dictated by meticulously sourced historical materials and close collaborations with other artists who often double as models in their fashion shows. In an effort to encompass the psychic reality of fashion and foster a creative community, they interrogate the idea of the museum and insist on alternative and inclusive methods of recording history.
Solo exhibitions include The Massive Disposal of Experience, Company Gallery, New York and CCA, Berlin (2022); Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflables, Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore (2019); Her Bed Surrounded by Machines, LUMA Westbau, Zurich (2018); OTMA’s Body, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York (2018). Recent group shows include those at Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris; Performance Space, New York; and the Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia.