Take Care, 2012

The exhibit and catalog, TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the Twenty-First Century, considers civilization’s unease with advancing biotechnologies, with essays by Linda Weintraub, Tonya Vernooy, Ellen Wright Clayton, and Veronica Kavass. The full color catalog documents the exhibit curated by Adrienne Outlaw that travelled to the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI (2012), University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (2012), Austin Peay State University (2012), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (2011), Pool Art Fair, Miami, FL (2010), The Renaissance Center, TN (2010), Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, 2009.

Nashville Scene Review of “Take Care”

Separation Anxiety at Pelham Art Center, February/March 2012

My Postpartum Miniature and portions of Don’t Forget the Lunches included in “Separation Anxiety” at the Pelham Art Center February 3 – March 31, 2012. An exhibition of artists making art about the emotional complexities of childhood and childrearing.



M-Word Book Launch at Postmasters Gallery, Chelsea, February 19, 2012

If you’re in Chelsea this Sunday afternoon, you’re welcome to join us at Postmasters Gallery for the M-Word book launch. I’ll be there along with other artists whose work is included in the book. We’ll each be speaking briefly about our work, and Mary Kelly’s show will be up in the Gallery.




SIGHT unSEEN vol.2, June 25, 2011

Guest Curator Gallery Tour Featuring Women Artists Exhibiting in Chelsea.

Saturday June 25th, 2-4pm

Tour starts promptly at 2:00pm at

Postmasters Gallery, 449 W 19th Street

Led by artist and curator Jennifer Wroblewski.

Featuring gallery talks by Martin Aguilera of Cheim & Read and Monica Bock of SOHO20 Chelsea.

Join SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery and curator Jennifer Wroblewski for SIGHT unSEEN vol.2, the second in an ongoing series of gallery tours through the Chelsea arts district of New York City. SIGHT unSEEN encourages the examination and discussion of art by women and hopes to share with the public the myriad of provocative, inquisitive, and engaging works by women artists. This month’s tour will feature works by Sally Smart, Jessica Rohrer, and Louise Bourgeois.

Jennifer Wroblewski, born California, 1973, is a visual artist, curator, and professor. Her work consists of monumentally scaled drawing and drawing installation projects which explore the relationship of the expressive mark to written language, the relationship between performance and product, and historical aspects of drawing technique and language.

Wroblewski’s curatorial interests include the relationship between motherhood and art-making and the ways in which artists navigate this fraught terrain.
Her drawings and curatorial project were included in the feminist art survey The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art. In 2009/2010, she curated the exhibition Mother/mother-* at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn.
This tour is FREE and open to the public!

The tour will commence at 2pm at Postmasters Gallery, and  culminate at SOHO20 Chelsea just before 4pm for a reception with light refreshments and a brief talk by artist Monica Bock.

Other galleries featured in the tour include Cheim and Reid and P.P.O.W.

To RSVP and receive a complete list of galleries and addresses please email the gallery at soho20@verizon.net or call 212.367.8994

SOHO20 Chelsea is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been promoting the work of women artists through exhibitions and public events since 1973.



Home Sick: Solo Exhibition, May/June 2011

Home Sick Announcement w/ Tooth for a Tooth detail

May 31 – June 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday June 2nd, 6pm – 9pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12noon – 6pm.
Soho20 Gallery Chelsea
547 W 27th St., Suite 301 New York, NY 10001 • 212.367.8994

With her work in sculpture and installation, Monica Bock records and resists the loss to which bodies are subject. She conflates sacred, scientific and domestic imagery in work that is often based on castings of the body and of found objects. Her work employs ephemeral substances such as salt and soap, as well as apparently durable materials such as porcelain and cast iron. Recently, her work has focused thematically on the ordinary extremes of maternal life, as witness to both its intimacy and its alienation.





The M Word, 2011

The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art , ed by Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein, examines multiple aspects of mothering in contemporary art: History, Criticism, Theory, Artists’ Writings, Text/Image work, Interviews, and Visual Art. The book’s seven sections include full color photographs and contributions from: Mary Kelly, Susan Suleiman, Mignon Nixon, Jane Gallop, Margaret Morgan, Andrea Liss, Aura Rosenberg, Barbara T. Smith, Sherry Millner, Ellen McMahon, Renée Cox, Gail Rebhan, Marion Wilson, Judy Glantzman, Denise Ferris, Youngbok Hong, Camille Billops, Patricia Cué, Monica Mayer, Cheri Gaulke,the Maternal Metaphors I & II exhibition artists, and more.

n.paradoxa, 2010

Article by: Springgay, Stephanie
Title: The Lactation Station and A Feminist Pedagogy of Touch
n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal
volume 26, July 2010 Feminist Pedagogies (2010) pp.59-65 
PDF contains text only

This article examines the place of affect in feminist pedagogy through discussion of Jess Dobkin’s The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar and Monica Bock’s Afterbirth, and Postpartum Miniatur, contemporary artworks that use “private” matter associated with the maternal body to evoke sensations of disgust. Stephanie Springgay writes: ‘How might we think outside of the perfect ethical relation – the mother responding to her child over her own needs – and instead think about how that coupling relationship, the coming too close, creates other ways of thinking and being in difference. This, I will argue, is the basis for a feminist pedagogy of touch, which would enable us to rethink experiences triggered by disgust’.

About Author (at time of publication)
Stephanie Springgay is an Assistant Professor at The Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto

Soft Touch (take hold) , 2007

Soft Touch (take hold), 2007
Archival inkjet prints, magnets
Prints 6″x 9″ / Installation dimensions variable,
Sculpture and photographs by Monica Bock / Poetry by Zofia Burr 
Design by James Maikowski and Matthew Deleon

Soft Touch (mother to child), 2006

Soft Touch (mother to child), 2006
Cast iron, slip=cast porcelain, thread, painted wood, hand-penciled poetry by Zofia Burr
Installation dimensions variable / blocks 12″x12″x12″ / dolls, 6.5×1.5″x5/8″

Soft Touch, 2006

Soft Touch, 2006                                                                                                         

Cast iron, cast porcelain, painted wood

Installation dimensions variable; blocks @ 12″x12″x12″

Twelve iron casts of a small girl’s hand rest on foot square painted wood blocks. Each hand touches a plain female peg doll, slip cast in porcelain and jointed with white embroidery thread. The installation reflects on moments of reversal when a daughter’s strength surpasses that of her mother.

Soft Touch premiered at Soho20 Chelsea as part of “Soft Touch/Wondering Eye”, a collaborative exhibition with my father, R. Darrel Bock, who offered a selection from his life’s work in art photography on the surrounding walls. 


The exhibition catalog, available for download below,  includes a preface by the artists with essays by Zofia Burr introducing the collections of work.  In addition to  work in the exhibition, the catalog surveys my previous work, including collaborative performance installations with poetry by Zofia Burr and choreography by Julia Mayer.



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