Hung Liu - Mu Gung Hwa (Korean Comfort Woman)

Hung Liu – Mu Gung Hwa (Korean Comfort Woman)

It was 550 years ago when Medieval writer Christine de Pizan wrote what can be considered the first works of feminist literature, praising strong female intellectual leaders such as Queen Zenobia, and encouraging all women to read, write, lead, and seek justice. One hundred years ago the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed. The next year the 19th Amendment was ratified, and American women won their right to vote. Today we can hear masses of men and even some women yelling “Lock her up!” and repeatedly invoking phrases historically used to degrade women such as “witch hunt,” “unhinged,” “low IQ individual” and “nasty.” Our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters are still groped. This story, of course, runs through Washington, D.C., the very place where the 19th Amendment was made the law of the United States. In light of the successes and failures of our republic, as well as and governments all over the world, are the voices of women, themselves. They deserve to be heard, they’ve fought for the right to be heard, and we like hearing them! This exhibition presents some of our favorite women artists speaking out with their work, with confidence, and not bothering with the masses yelling “Lock her up!” Artists include Fatemeh Baigmoradi, Ambreen Butt, Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer, Hung Liu, Monica Lundy, sheri crider, and Lien Truong.

Artwork in the exhibition may be viewed here.

Opening reception Friday, March 29, from 5-7 pm.