This past Sunday I went by the latest version of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University on the LES for their monthly lecture panel. An all women panel made up of contributors and bloggers from Art F City, a popular NYC art blog, was quick to point out some of the disparities in representation between men and woman in Net Art shows in particular. Of course this line of thought ran straight into the usual statements about most Fortune 500 CEOs being tall white males and most "blue chip" collectors falling in the male category.
The three panelists Paddy Johnson, Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch spoke well to their points. I missed a good part of the beginning part of the panel, but I caught enough to consider it a worthwhile trip. Although the debate is some what obvious and beleaguered, it is an important one.
For more background, there is a great post and debate in the comments section of Art F City. Although focused primarily on Net Art, there is a much larger conversation happening, check it out here: Enough With Dude-Centric Net Art Shows