During March, various New York groups and institutions honor women’s contributions to literature, art, music and more in special events for Women’s History Month. Other organizations, featured below, have made supporting female artists the focus of their work year-round.
Powerful women in history and politics are the subject of several plays this year, including Tina Packer’s “Women of Will,” an investigation into the women of Shakespeare; and “The Pinks,” about Confederate spy Rose Greenhow and the female detective who brought her down.
For visual arts, a selection of rarely seen prints by German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz are on view in the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The New York Transit Museum is currently exhibiting “Meet Miss Subways,” a look back at this beauty contest and its contestants. The Metropolitan Museum of Art zooms in on a very specific advertising campaign in “A Sport for Every Girl,” an exhibition of printed images called “Sporting Girls,” which were successfully used by the tobacco industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The New School features a symposium and exhibition called “REACT: The Feminine Mystique at 50,” celebrating the anniversary of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book.
Finally, you know Women’s History Month isn’t over until Gloria Steinem speaks. The feminist activist is joined by Dyllan McGee and Amy Richards in a discussion about “The Women Who Make America,” as part of “Makers,” the PBS documentary (premiering February 26 at 8 pm on THIRTEEN) and oral history project that amplifies the contributions trailblazing women have made to America. To learn which women standouts in the NYC art scene admire, see Women in the Arts on Who Paved Their Way.
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Meet Rose Greenhow, the Confederate spy who seduced half of Washington. Her goal? To flame the war and help the South secede. But Allan Pinkerton and his detectives are on to her. "The Pinks" is a dark-comedy spy-drama based on the real Confederate spy Rose Greenhow and the first female detective, Kate Warne.
From 1941 to 1976, the MTA hosted a beauty competition called Miss Subways and plastered images of the winners on trains and buses (often placed near ads as a way to draw more attention to them). Decades later, photographer Fiona Gardner and journalist Amy Zimmer sought out former competitors, shooting portraits and recording their stories.
The exhibition seeks to explore Bettty Friedan’s book from a contemporary lens in an effort to both honor the text – argued by many to be the catalyst of second-wave feminism in America – and to provide critical analysis 50 years after its publication.
Dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of television and radio programs, the center possesses a collection of over 150,000 recorded programs covering more than 80 years of radio and television history.
"Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol" is conceived by Lockhart as a two-person exhibition, with Lockhart's work in dialogue with Eshkol's. The exhibition includes a film installation, a series of photographs, a selection of wall carpets and materials from Eshkol's archive.
Since 2003, the band has been wowing kids and their families with amazingly fun songs about science and history, many of which are about legendary ladies, including Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie, Sacagawea and other great women.
This non-profit art gallery has been promoting the work of women artists since 1973. Through events and community programs, SOHO20 Gallery seeks to educate the public about the quality and diversity of women's art.
In Show Way, 11-year old Toshi Georgiana has lost a beloved family heirloom. As she searches for it, she is led by generations of women who came before her, from slaves who sewed paths to freedom to civil rights marchers. Come join Toshi as she tries to find her special connection to the past and celebrates the possibilities of the future!
Writer/performer Anna Khaja illuminates the lives and historical forces surrounding slain Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007 while attempting to reunite a nation bitterly divided over the ideals of Islam and democracy.
From the controversial pen of Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, flows Jackie, an intensely theatrical dissection of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and the myths surrounding her well-coiffed veneer.
WET is a nonprofit production company that produces media that challenges female stereotypes and advocates for equality. Founded in 1999 by executive producers Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone, WET adheres to its mission by developing new material for the theater, film and TV written by women.
This exhibition presents drawings and photographs of women by four self-taught artists from the 1940s through the late 20th century, two male, two female. Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Paul D. Humphrey, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Inez Nathaniel Walker offer four very different approaches that raise questions of intent, portrayal, and self-identity:
"Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" will present a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries. Some 80 major figure paintings, seen in concert with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs, and popular prints, will highlight the vital relationship between fashion and art.
In honor of Women's History Month, Buffy Sainte-Marie will be featured in concert in the museum's Diker Pavilion. Visitors can also see the exhibition "Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture" which features music, instruments and awards from artists.
A selection of 13 rarely seen prints by German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) will be on view in the Herstory Gallery of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art through September 15.
Beginning in the late 1870s, tobacco producers used inventive imagery of "sporting girls" to advertise their brands. The first to use these printed images was the New York–based company Allen & Ginter, whose 1887 series - The World's Champions - was so popular that it was reproduced almost immediately in expanded editions.
The Professional Women Singers Association advances careers of women singers and promotes musical excellence. It functions as a network of distinguished women singers who support each other in their professional work in opera, musical theater, concert and cabaret performance, and sacred music in churches and synagogues.PWSA's Mission: • Promote the talents of its singers to the greater musical community • Strive to keep abreast of professional singing opportunities for its members • Award grants to individual members ...
Zarina Hashmi discusses her artistic practice with Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, on the occasion of her retrospective Zarina: Paper Like Skin. A reception and exhibition viewing follow the program.
The poet Emma Lazarus, the author of the lines "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . ," gave a compassionate voice to the Statue of Liberty, and the promising message of new beginnings for generations of newcomers to America.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Professional Women Photographers is pleased to announce a show that celebrates women. The works reflect and commemorate a woman's point of view, her life, experience, relationships, achievements, struggles, dreams, body, etc.