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Women to the Fore – The Hudson River Museum

Beginning on September 18, the Hudson River Museum will open the exhibit “Women to the Fore.” This exhibit “gives voice and space to more than forty female-identifying artists, spanning one hundred and fifty years.” Though 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, women are still fighting for equality. The works of art in this exhibit express this struggle.

Works on display range from pioneering feminist expressions up to our present moment. Artists in this exhibit include Vinnie Bagwell, Shanequa Benitez, Ebony Bolt, Judy Chicago, Nancy Mendez, Georgia O’Keeffe, Patricia Santos, Katori Walker and many others!

Two pieces from sculptor Vinnie Bagwell’s Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden project are currently on display in the Atrium at the Riverfront Library.

Shanequa Benitez was Artist-in-Residence at the Riverfront Art Gallery in 2019. Her residency was followed by a solo show in the gallery in February of this year.

Katori Walker, one of three artists who created a mural for the HRM exhibit, had her art displayed at the Will Library that she created with her partner Evan Bishop.  The two projects that were on long-term display were the Yes Yonkers! Community Quilt and 100 Words of Wisdom.

In coordination with the Hudson River Museum, the Yonkers Public Library has created a recommended reading list about feminist artists and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. These books will be on display at the Grinton I. Will Library.

Frida Kahlo and San Francisco by Gannit Ankori et al.

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1897-1986 by Britta Benke and Karen Williams

The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago: An American Vision by Judy Chicago and Edward Lucie-Smith

Georgia O’Keeffe by Charles C. Eldredge

Vote!: Women’s Fight For Access to the Ballot Box by Coral Celeste Frazer

Frida Kahlo: The Still Lifes by Salomón Grimberg

Becoming Judy Chicago: A Biography of the Artist by Gail Levin

Frida Kahlo by Frida Kahlo and Luis-Martin Lozano

Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote by Johanna Neuman

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Collections by Georgia O’Keeffe and Barbara Buhler Lynes

Georgia O’Keeffe, Works on Paper by Georgia O’Keeffe et al.

The Women’s Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner and Gloria Steinem