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Renwick Gallery is hosting an exhibition showcasing the artistic achievements of native women. Featured works span from antiquity to modern day. Textile work, painting, sculpture, beadwork, weaving, and photography are just some of the techniques that are shown in this exhibit that is both online and in person. One of my personal favorites is Jamie Okuma’s beaded and quilled Loubitons, a reimagining of native couture. Other translations of western fashion items as native artwork, like Nellie Two Bear Gate’s valise, compliment the traditional containers and garments that are just as practical, decorative, and elegant.
This online exhibit documents a timeline of Latina womens role in women's suffrage and their fight for inclusion and engagement in U.S politics. Following women from different times and different states, the stories of Latina women are documented and celebrated via interactive slideshow and video. For example, the story of Lucretia Del Valle! Her acting career and engagement with political philosophy led her to become a public speaker, advocating for women’s suffrage and propelling her strong convictions about women/hispanic people’s rightful place in American Politics. Using Del Valle as a jumping off point, the exhibit dives into the struggles and triumphs of Latina women within issues of race, class, and gender.
Brought to you by the National Women’s History Museum, this virtual gallery presents the well documented history of women’s campaigns for president. This exhibit provides an interesting overview of women in politics, shining a spotlight on lesser known women making bold moves and taking huge steps. From campaign to protest, this exhibit tells the stories of women who ran for office before they could even vote. My favorite quotes have to be from Beva Ann Lockwood who ran in 1884 “I cannot vote, but I can be voted for” and Shirley Chisholm (in image).
Mary Ellen Mark’s Girlhood is an examination of girls and women from all kinds of life situations around the world. During her lifetime, Mark documented the lives of people (particularly children) through her photographs. This exhibit presents thirty of those photographs that bring together those who are overlooked and underrepresented. Author’s favorite: Jumping Over a Wall. I love this image- the motion blur, the distorted faces of the adults, the way the movement of the little girls clothes capture her unabashed energy so obviously and clearly. There is nothing subtle about this photograph, it’s pure freedom.
This gallery/article is the story of food conservation effort and the women volunteers who were its backbone during world war one. Included are all sorts of documentation, but my personal highlight is the recipes. Experiencing history through food is one of the few ways we can understand the past through action and sensation. Next time an odd historical recipe shows up on your feed, I recommend considering trying it. An exhibit within an exhibit, the virtual educational experience is based around photos of the food conservation exhibit car on the Pennsylvania Food Conservation Train. Yes, we know that’s a mouthful. Choo choo, or should I say, chew chew!
This year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s third annual Women Filmmaker’s Festival is hosted online. From March 1st to 7th is Kon Kon by Ceceila Vicuña, La botella al mar de María Elena by Coco Fuso runs from March 8 to 14, and Mariam Ghani’s What We Left Unfinished from March 15 to 21. While this is not technically a gallery, it is a fantastic way to experience women artists and we highly recommend it.