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Joyce J. Scott at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, New York

Joyce J. Scott, Untitled Fairy Tale from the Graphic Novel Series, 2019–2020, seed beads, thread, 42 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
Courtesy of Goya Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore

Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond takes the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment as the occasion for reflection and exploration of the issues and challenges women in the United States have faced, and continue to face, in politics and society.

What has been accomplished in the last 100 years, and what has yet to be accomplished?

The fight for the 19th amendment was achieved through marches, demonstrations, and protest tactics that are still used today. And in the current moment of protest and activism around racism in the United States, Never Done speaks to the role of race and class in shaping women’s participation in politics and the public sphere.

Starting September 17, online visitors will experience a variety of content including images of 100 artworks by women and non-binary artists along with statements by each artist that reflect on their work in relation to women’s rights, representation, justice, and the legacy of the suffrage movement. Additional online content will include curatorial writing, student reflections, a list of feminist readings and online resources, and more.

When classes began August 24, students, faculty, and curators will use the gallery as a laboratory, working to discuss and envision the exhibition design for Never Done, which visitors will be able to experience when the Museum reopens to the public. With a diverse group of women and non-binary artists working in photography, painting, printmaking, collage, textile, and sculpture, the exhibition manifests a multiplicity of women’s experiences, views, and modes of expression.

Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond is organized by Rachel Seligman, Malloy Curator, Tang Museum, and Minita Sanghvi, Assistant Professor of Management, Marketing, and Business, Skidmore College. The exhibition is supported by the Friends of the Tang and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will be on view through June 6, 2021.

A concurrent online exhibition We’ve Only Just Begun: 100 Years of Skidmore Women in Politics opens September 17 and will explore the history of Skidmore women in politics, drawing on materials from the Scribner Library Archives and Special Collections. This project is organized by Professors Kate Graney and Natalie Taylor with their Spring 2020 Political Science class “Never Done,” and Malloy Curator, Rachel Seligman.

Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond is presented in association with the Feminist Art Coalition (FAC).

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