Monday, June 17, 2019
10:00 – 11:00 AM
East 88th St & East End Ave
New York City
Join Paul Gunther of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and its guest curator, Jessica Bell Brown, for a private AFA tour of She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York at Gracie Mansion.
The exhibition features 60 artworks, objects, and archival ephemera from celebrated artists such as Lee Krasner, Ana Mendieta, Faith Ringgold, Cindy Sherman and Kara Walker, to name just a few, and range from the earliest years of the 20th century to the present. The show is organized across four central themes: contending with history, body as battleground, picturing people, and expanding abstraction. Together, these works tell the story of tenacious endurance across modern history, even in the face of great adversity.
The show is the largest one to be mounted at Gracie Mansion and the first to focus exclusively on women, all of whom have significant connections to New York City. By spanning ten decades of art produced by women on the centennial of gaining suffrage, She Persists is not a corrective to art-historical oversights or elisions, but rather, a celebration of women’s contributions to culture and the great city of New York, and an acknowledgement of the work that remains to be done.
Several of the artists are featured in the AFA’s current touring exhibition, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, including Jordan Casteel, Jennifer Packer, Faith Ringgold, and Mickalene Thomas.
Black Refractions opens at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC on May 24, 2019.