Marching hand-in-hand women artists from across the country came together in solidarity at Washington Square Park a few days before election day to showcase their feminist political artwork and encourage participation in the upcoming Midterms. They marched with pride from the park to the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in Chelsea, each wearing and holding their art. The gallery is currently showcasing the feminist art of Michele Pred who was the organizer of the march. They gathered at the gallery and celebrated the rising number of women running for office in what has been dubbed the year of the woman, attributing their parade with the hashtag #neverthelesswevote. Pred’s exhibit will be on display at Nancy Hoffman until November 24.
Seattle based artist, Holly Martz, wears a body of armor comprised of mini copies of the U.S. Constitution to protect her from words of harassment and sexual assault. She shared her metaphorical protection with those that were interested in learning more about their rights and building their own armor.
The gallery had a makeshift booth set up with questions reflecting on female issues and instructions on how to complete your vote. The exhibit was there to remind and encourage people to go out and vote and that their vote matters.
Ebony Brown sits and listens to fellow activists give speeches about the election. She dresses as a beautiful butterfly to try and normalize the vagina in society and make it beautiful.
The creator of the pussyhat, Krista Suh, made over 80 pussyhats just for the parade. Her new campaign, "Bite into Democracy" focuses on re-writing the Genesis story of Eve and how her attempt to seek out knowledge was punished. She aims to celebrate women's pursuit of knowledge through democracy and running for office.
Eyes of Jazz
Tova Ricardo, an undergraduate at Columbia University, gave a powerful poetic performance about what it is like to be a young black woman and the racial biases and pressures she faces in today's society. Her words echoed throughout the entire gallery as she captivated the female audience.