Women's Suffrage at 100

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“ The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. ”


“ Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. ”


One hundred years after ratification of the 19th amendment a truer, richer, more nuanced, just and diverse understanding of the history of women’s suffrage begins to light the way forward. New obstacles emerging along the path to true and lasting enfranchisement for all are testimony to the power of the people who vote.

Lighting our way, here, is the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art. We’d like to take this moment to celebrate some of the recent ground-breaking exhibitions from the ESFCA’s 4th floor galleries. These exhibitions, among others, have been a source of inspiration and enlightenment for our efforts to find and develop products that illuminate and educate, appeal to everyone, are accessible to everyone and made by a diverse, community of collaborators and makers that reflects everyone.


Judith Scott 
October, 2014 - March, 2015
Born in Columbus, Ohio, with Down syndrome, Scott (1943–2005) was also largely deaf and did not speak. After thirty-five years living within an institutional setting for people with disabilities, she was introduced in 1987 to Creative Growth Art Center—a visionary studio art program founded more than forty years ago in Oakland, California, to foster and serve a community of artists with developmental and physical disabilities.

Beverly Buchanan
October, 2016 - March, 2017
Judith Scott’s work is celebrated for its astonishing visual complexity. In a career spanning just seventeen years, Scott developed a unique and idiosyncratic method to produce a body of work of remarkable originality. Often working for weeks or months on individual pieces, she used yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into fastidiously woven, wrapped, and bundled structures.

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85
April - September, 2017
Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.

Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection
August - March, 2019
Featuring more than 100 works from our collection, Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection explores a wide range of art-making, focusing on enduring political subjects—encompassing gender, race, and class—that remain relevant today. The exhibition’s intersectional feminist framework highlights artworks, in a plurality of voices, that aim to rally support or motivate action on behalf of a cause, or to combat stereotypes and dominant narratives.


Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985
April - July, 2018
This is the first exhibition to explore the groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art of Latin American and Latina women artists during a period of extraordinary conceptual and aesthetic experimentation.

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall  
May - December, 2019
Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of LGBTQ+ communities.



Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making
October, 2017 - March, 2018
Since the 1970s, Judy Chicago has been a pioneer in the development of feminism as an artistic movement and an educational project that endeavors to restore women’s place in history. Her most influential and widely known work is the sweeping installation The Dinner Party (1974–79), celebrating women’s achievements in Western culture in the form of a meticulously executed banquet table set for 39 mythical and historical women and honoring 999 others. One of the most important artworks of the twentieth century, and one of the most popular in our collection, upon its public debut in 1979 it immediately became an icon of feminist art. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art was established in 2007 with The Dinner Party as its foundation.


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