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Brainstormers an art collective that formed in 2005. Through public performance, exhibition, publication, the internet, and video, Brainstormers has investigated topics ranging from power structures in the art world to gender inequity in contemporary museum and gallery exhibitions. Current active members are Maria Dumlao, Elaine Kaufmann, and Danielle Mysliwiec. Graduates of the Hunter College MFA Studio Art Program, all three artists maintain individual studio practices and actively exhibit work locally, nationally, and internationally.



Exhibitions & Performances



Real Time, Rutgers University, Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series, New Brunswick, NJ

Solo Exhibition, Online catalog published



Greater Than Last Time?, Activist web piece



Then & Now, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York, NY.

Curated by Chris Hanway. (Catalog published)



Get Mad, A collaboration with the Guerrilla Girls, Bronx Museum of Art.

This performance was held in conjunction with "Making It Together: Women's Collaborative Art and Community."

Curated by Carey Lovelace. (Also performed in Chelsea, New York, NY)



Air Kissing: Contemporary Art About the Art World, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY.

Curated by Sasha Archibald. (Also traveled to Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA in 2008)


Scene & Herd, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, May 5, 2007



RedHead, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, (group exhibition)


How Good Are You? Brainstormers' performance at the Armory Show, New York, NY



Point, Brainstormers' performance at the opening of "Greater New York" at P.S.1, New York, NY



Publications / Writings

Sound of Art, LP, published by Art Fag City, 2010 (record compilation of sounds in the art world)


"Brainstormers and Gender Inequity in the Art World." Activisms, Women's Studies Quarterly, Vol. 35, Fall/Winter (2007): 144-149.
6 page photo essay; Women’s Studies Quarterly is an educational project of the Feminist Press and the Center for Graduate Study at the City University of New York


Brainstormers Report: Gallery Guide, Volume 1, March 2006. 8 pages (self-published)
12-page artist book with essay and research regarding the representation of women in the New York art world. Sponsored by a grant from the Puffin Foundation


Brainstormers Report: Scene & Herd, Volume 2, May 2007. 12 pages (self-published)
This 8-page artist book includes maps and information on the representation of women artists in Chelsea galleries, and a satirical essay on gender equity in the art world 


"The Cutting Edge and the Corporate Agenda," Women and Environments International Magazine, No. 72/73, Fall/Winter 2006, Pg. 57-58




Puffin Foundation Artist Grant




Davis, Ben, "Why Are There Still So Few Successful Women Artists?" Artnet News, 6/23/15

Reilly, Maura "Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures, Fixes," ArtNews, June 2015



Dube, Ilene, “The Brainstormers: ‘Real Time’ at Rutgers,”, Sept. 29, 2011

Haegle, Katie, “Female Gazing: A Day With The Young Women’s Caucus For Art,” Bitch Magazine, June 2011

Schor, Mira, “The Feminist Tea Party,” The Huffington Post, Feb. 11, 2011



Davis, Ben, “P.S.1 Launches Studio Visit Website,”, Feb. 4, 2010

Strickland, Carol, “The Women of Pop,” The Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 17, 2010

Schor, Mira, A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics and Daily Life, Duke University Press, Jan. 2010



Hoban, Phoebe, “The Feminist Evolution,” ARTnews, Dec. 2009

Zeldis, Yona, “On Being Brainstormers,” NYFA Current, Aug. 2009



Fry, Warren, “The Brainstormers,” The Brooklyn Rail, Nov. 2008



Birnir, Adda, “Feminism Blurs Line Between Art, Politics,” Yale Daily News, April 17

Zimmer, Amy, “A Place at the Table,” Metro New York, March 23, pg.2

Davis, Ben, “White Walls, Glass Ceiling,”, March 12, Cover Story



Nochlin, Linda, Reilly,Maura, "Toward Transnational Feminisms," Global Feminisms: New Directions in

Contemporary Art, New York, Merrell Publishers, 2007 (Citation)

Carter, Rob, "Brainstorming the Armory", the Pit (Mixed Greens Blog), March 13



Fallon, Roberta, and Rosof, Libby, "Greater Than What?" Artblog, March 15, 2005

Ilel, Nell, "Young Artists and Their Admirers Flock to LIC for PS1's Latest," Queens Chronicle, March 17, 2005

Robinson, Walter, "Artists Protest Greater New York,", March 14, 2005

Zimmer, Amy, “Protesters: P.S.1 Show Biased Against Women” Cover Story, Metro NY, March 14



Panels and Lectures

Performance Now, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 2012

Participants: Brainstormers, Liz Magic Laser, Aki Sasimoto, Arturo Vidich


Ask Me, I Will Tell, Panel hosted by the Feminist Tea Party, College Art Association Conference, Feb. 10, 2011, New York, NY


The New Feminisms: Promoting Diversity, Outreach & Inclusion, The Women's Media Center, New York, NY, 2007


Forgetting the F Word, a panel discussion of Feminism in the contemporary art world. Panelists included Maura Reilly, curator of the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Paddy Johnson, author of, 2006



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