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Shahzia Sikander in Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond

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 exhibition will serve as a campus and community hub for action and activism before and after the 2020 presidential election.

Installed in the gallery will be 100 works by 100 women and non-binary artists. In the center of the gallery will be a symbolic representation of the Wesleyan Chapel—site of the first suffrage meeting in 1848 in Seneca Falls, NY. The exhibition is intended as a space for debate, discussion, and dialogue: between visitors, between artists, and between the artists and the original suffragists, in a conversation across time that both critiques and expands on the suffragists’ initial accomplishments and shortcomings. 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 and its related programming will look at institutional structures that create power hierarchies impacting women across all aspects of society, including media bias, access to funds, and backlash against women seeking power. The exhibition will also consider the role of race and economics in shaping women’s participation in politics—for example, the relative disenfranchisement of women of color and low-income women far beyond the 19th Amendment.

A concurrent exhibition in the Winter Gallery will explore the history of Skidmore women in politics from 1920 to the present, drawing on materials from the Scribner Library Archives and Special Collections.

Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond is organized by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and 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.

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