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The Athens Cultural Center is celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in NYS with an exhibition that mixes contemporary art with historical artifacts. Focusing on the turbulent and idea laden times of the 1840’s when the women’s suffrage movement began as a nexus for understanding why it developed as it did, curator and designer Carrie Feder brings together eighteen contemporary women artists and juxtaposes their work with varied artifacts and images of the period. Rather than a linear retelling of the often complex historical tale, Ms. Feder evokes the atmosphere of the day by placing historical objects, text, quotes, and images that express themes and realities that were central to women’s lives in the 19th century and pairs them with contemporary art.
Women’s fight for equal rights went hand in hand with their work for penal and educational reforms and, significantly, their fervent involvement in the abolitionist and temperance movements. Religious and philosophical discussion embraced ideals of the past but also questioned moral standards of the day such as the acceptability of human bondage. Imagery and objects like everyday household items, textiles, sewing implements, journals, school books and religious texts delineate an established world, but also tell the tale of a society in flux that questioned personal versus societal rights, freedom versus restriction, gender roles and symbols, family responsibilities and relationships, and increasingly......the power of protest.
The work of the eighteen contemporary artists in the show embrace many different approaches in their art and in their connection to the subject matter. From the use of textiles, abstract pattern making, historic imagery, to the allusion to the Victorian language of flowers and commentary on prescribed gender roles. “A Declaration of Sentiments” brings the past into the present and asks both the artist and the audience to look at history in a new and provocative way.
Artists in the show are: Yura Adams, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Ryder Cooley, Jenny Feder, Jeanette Fintz, Kate Hamilton, Valerie Hammond, Brece Honeycutt, Melora Kuhn, Carole P. Kunstadt, Louise Laplante, Susan Mastrangelo, Claudia McNulty, Portia Munson, Ruby Palmer, Christy Rupp, Susan Wides, Tricia Wright.
“A Declaration of Sentiments: Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State” will be at the Athens Cultural Center 24 Second Street, Athens, NY June 3rd through August 20, 2017. Please join us for the opening from 7 to 9 on June 3rd. Gallery hours are: Fridays: 4-7pm, Saturdays: 2-7pm, Sundays 1-4 pm and by appointment, call 518 421-3443 athensculturalcenter.org
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This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Programof the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by theGreene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants program as well as the Peckham Family Foundation, the Athens Community Foundation, Verdigris Tea,Price Chopper/#32, Staples and others. Additional thanks to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, New York, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Image: "Banished" 2012 by Melora Kuhn. Courtesy Galerie Eigen + Art.
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