Road Trippin' with Feminism: Art Across the Country

July 10, 2007

If you’re in New York this summer, you can visit the incredible Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. And if you’re in L.A., there’s the well-reviewed WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution exhibit at MOCA. But if you’re summer travels are taking you to other parts of the country, you can still enjoy feminist art. You just need to know where to look.

And for that I recommend the Feminist Art Project, which promotes art events and publications through its website calendar.

Now celebrating its one-year anniversary, this collaborative initiative is administered by the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers. Besides the events calendar, the website includes a timeline of historic moments in feminist history and other events that had an impact on feminist art. It also works with curators, researchers and artists to promote the study of women and art.

The site is off to a great start, and if you know of events and exhibitions you can submit them here. *A note about the calender — read the exhibition dates closely, as I noticed that a submission can contain multiple dates and locations for one exhibit, and an extra “http://” prefix keeps some sites from opening correctly.

Plus: For anyone visiting Chicago this summer, you might want to consider heading over to the Hull-House Museum to learn more about Jane Addams and other Hull-House pioneers.

But even if you can’t get there, the museum has instituted a new program, Hull-House History on Call, that allows visitors to hear, via their own cell phones, “a changing roster of social activists and humanities scholars” discuss a variety of topics related to the Hull-House mission of social justice.

All you have to do is call (703) 637-9317 and enter a number posted on an exhibit or, if you’re calling from the comfort of your air-conditioned home, use the exhibit numbers on the museum’s website.

Some of the selections available include Bill Ayers, distinguished professor of education at UIC and 1960s antiwar activist, talking about “why Jane Addams was so dangerous,” as evidenced by her FBI file at the museum; and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Helen Caldicott on science, social change and the work of occupational safety pioneer Alice Hamilton, whose photo and biography are on exhibit.

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