About the exhibition

How many waves will it take? Women continue to persevere around the world in situations of extreme and growing inequality. Infrastructures of society keep women’s contributions and labor invisible. In particular, although cities are designed for physical inhabitation and mark the historical contributions of its people, the public sphere has not been made with women’s safety and contributions in mind. Furthermore virtual public spaces are also assaulting young women’s health and safety.

This series supports artists to make projects that imagine ways for women to visibly take up the space they are already producing. What might a city honoring women’s lived experience look like? How can the city be a visual and spatial record, a living archive of women’s accomplishments in a vocabulary that has not been recognized in the dominant discourse? The project will support investigations of how women have grappled with problems through everyday practices of mutuality, unheroic gestures, and mentoring next generations.

These projects will take myriad forms ranging from storefront window projects, postering, public gatherings, samizdat/zines, talking circles and mentoring support, inspiration swap meets, conversations/interviews with public figures, speculative designs, new street names, historical research, making archives public, oral histories/ethnographies, social media interventions, collaborations with women’s shelters, abortions rights providers, mental health support, and childcare non-profits.

For the first project, this spring artists are invited to investigate historical women from their own neighborhood whose contributions have not been made publicly visible in the fabric of the built environment. For example, Frances Adeline Seward and Bessie Abramovitz Hillman in the Lower East Side. A map of these locations and accompanying series of posters will be created and distributed widely. Layers of research will be made available on the project website.

Further projects will unfold Spring 2022 through 2023. An exhibition at the James Gallery will take place in 2023.

Partners: Dina Weiss (James Gallery artist in residence), James Gallery/Ctr Humanities GC; AAI/Cuchifritos

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