Celebrate Women’s History Month 2024

 

 

 

Artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn. Image courtesy of the Artist and Connie Lee, Art Lives Here, Inc., The exhibition ‘Present in the Modern World’ opening March 9th.

The month of March is observed every year as Women’s History Month. It is a time to celebrate accomplishments, and a time to regroup and forge ahead in a continued battle for fundamental human rights.

The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2024 theme celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” ~ recognizing  women who understand the need to eliminate bias and discrimination from individuals’ lives and institutions.

Here are a few ways to celebrate Women’s History Month 2024.

Monumental Women to Re-Create Augusta Savage’s 1939 Sculpture ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’

Animation of the creation of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Augusta Savage’s 16-foot sculpture for the 1939 World’s Fair. Credit: TMVRTX Studio for Audacious Women Productions

In honor of the Birthday of Augusta Savage, February 29th, Monumental Women announces the formation of a coalition to re-create African American sculptor Augusta Savage’s Lift Every Voice and Sing sculpture that was created for the 1939 World’s Fair held in Queens, New York.

 

Femina Creativa: Celebrating Women in New York at Queens College Art Center ~ March 2

The Queens College Art Center proudly presents ‘Femina Creativa: Celebrating Women in New York.’ The Latin phrase ‘Femina Creativa,’ translating to ‘Creative Woman’ in English, graces the title of this group show, intending to convey a classical and artistic sense of creativity and empowerment. This extraordinary exhibition brings together 23 actively working female artists from the vibrant and diverse New York City metro area. Through a rich tapestry of mediums, these artists showcase their exceptional techniques and unwavering dedication to the art world, collectively illuminating the essence of Women’s History Month.

 

Remarkable Women of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a Panel Discussion ~ March 3

Emma Goldman, Molly Picon, and Dora Welfowitz. Artwork by Adrienne Ottenberg. Images courtesy Museum at Eldridge Street.

In conjunction with Adrienne Ottenberg’s show, On the Lower East Side: Twenty-Eight Remarkable Women and One Scoundrel,the Museum is hosting a panel discussion moderated by Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition Vice President Rose Imperato, with historians and Coalition members Andi Sosin and Kevin Baker. Adrienne Ottenberg will join these esteemed speakers, and together we will mark 113 years since the March 1911 Fire.

 

On & Off the Clock: Reconsidering Women’s Work, part of Women’s History Salon at New York Historical Society ~ March 3

From our archives at New York Historical Society ~ Woman’s History Month – in the gift shop

Drawing on the Center for Women’s History current exhibition Women’s Work, the ninth annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History explores how we understand “care.” Across three linked panels, we probe what “care” means, who does the work of caring, and what services get pushed to the margins by our current social policy framework.  The conference will culminate with a keynote conversation on reproductive care.

 

Taking Care: The Black Angels of Sea View Hospital at The Staten Island Museum ~ March 3

History was made on Staten Island in 1951 when a breakthrough treatment for tuberculosis was developed at Sea View Hospital. Taking Care highlights the groundbreaking work, lives, and legacy of the “The Black Angels,” nurses who broke racial barriers and risked their lives to care for patients and administer the clinical trials that forever changed the trajectory of this horrific disease.

 

2024 Women’s Jazz Fest: The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni ~ at The Schomburg Center ~ March 4

The Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival (WJF) is celebrating 32 years of centering Black women in the field of jazz. The Women’s Jazz Festival was founded in 1992 by then Harlem resident and jazz vocalist, Melba Joyce. Year after year, the festival and its curators have brought together musicians, dancers and a melding of musical genres to deliver an exciting series of concerts featuring some of the best-known and emerging talent by women in jazz today. The 2024 festival will be held in person on March 4,18, and 25.

 

Hit Me With Your Best Shot. Visionaries Selecting Visionaries at Pen + Brush ~ March 7

For Women’s History Month this year, Pen + Brush is bringing together curators, art advocates, and visionaries from our community to engage in a meaningful dialogue about what is at stake and in play for women artists working today. This will be accomplished through a group exhibition and discussion titled Hit Me With Your Best Shot.  Curators taking part will select one artwork by a woman or non-binary artist that they believe speaks poignantly to the challenges and opportunities facing women artists in the current historical context.

 

U.N. International Women’s Day 2024: Invest in Women ~ March 8

United Nations

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

 

Speak Up! Women Art & Social Justice at Basin Gallery ~ March 8

Image courtesy Connie Lee, Founder/President, Art Lives Here, Inc.

“Speak Up! Women Art & Social Justice” is a four person exhibition running from March 8 through April 21, 2024 at Basin Gallery & Studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Guest curated by artist/ curator Valeri Larko, this mixed media show features original artwork from: Rodriguez Calero , Airco Caravan, Daina Higgins and Arlene Rush. This show addresses women’s rights, as well as other social justice issues. All of the artists in this exhibition have been making important art for decades. They say the “future is female”, but with so many countries backsliding on women’s rights and other human rights, it is important to listen to these powerful women’s voices.

 

A Conversation with Kay WalkingStick as part of Women’s History Salon at New York Historical Society ~ March 8

From our archives at New York Historical Society ~ Woman’s History Month – in the gift shop

Celebrate International Women’s Day with this online event featuring renowned Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick in conversation with New-York Historical’s Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto. WalkingStick is the focus of our acclaimed exhibition Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School, which places her work in a fascinating dialogue with 19th-century Hudson River School paintings and explores the relationship between Indigenous art and American art history. They’ll discuss WalkingStick’s remarkable career and her decades of work reimagining and reframing the American landscape.

 

‘Present in the Modern World’ at Art Lives Here ~ March 9

Artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn. Image courtesy of the Artist and Connie Lee, Art Lives Here, Inc.

The three women artists featured in Present in the Modern World, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn, Alison Causer, and Donnelly Marks share a modern sensibility in their art practices. Their works reference periods in time from Byzantine to the present. They collectively have blurred the lines between traditional, modern, and contemporary. Causer and Capozzoli Flinn’s brush strokes take classic oil paintings into the present and exhibited alongside Marks’ sculptures that reference brutalist structures create an exhibition that is timeless but of the modern world.

 

Poetry as Pedagogy: Poetry at the Intersection of Feminism and Black Power: Audre Lorde & June Jordan at Museum of the City of New York ~ March 9

Museum of the City of New York

This workshop will focus on the Black feminist poetics of two New York poets and activists: Audre Lorde and June Jordan. We will begin with Lorde’s definition of poetics as a necessary means of social action and liberation for women in her 1977 essay “Poetry is Not a Luxury” where she writes: “Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.

Saturday, March 9th at Noon. Free Registration Required.

 

JHB Gallery Presents ‘Structural Play’ at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum ~ March 9

Structural Play, presented by JHB Gallery at Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. Image courtesy of JHB Gallery

JHB Gallery is delighted to present Structural Play, an exhibition of eight artists’ work at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling in New York.

Working across media, from paper, ceramics, mixed-media installation to photography, these eight women artists can be linked by their engagement with processes of play and material exploration. Often beginning with formal structures, be they geometric, architectural, or linguistic, the artists introduce elements of the crafted and the hand-made to produce energies that ultimately overspill these underlying frameworks; valuing process, their work allows us to see the exploration and craft of their art as part of its function and meaning.

 

She’s Got It: Great Women of Green-Wood Trolley Tour ~ March 16

Green-Wood Cemetery. Image via Wikipedia

In celebration and recognition of the women who challenged the social, cultural, and political order of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this trolley tour will highlight some of Green-Wood’s pioneering women and their remarkable stories. You’ll be inspired by Grace Nail Johnson, civil rights activist and champion of the Harlem Renaissance; socialite and philanthropist Louisine Havemeyer, who was arrested for attempting to burn an effigy of Woodrow Wilson; entrepreneur Elizabeth Gloucester, whose fortune helped fund John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry; and many more.

 

5-Mile Walk with Ms. Muscle to view Public Statues of Women in Manhattan ~ March 16

Image courtesy Barbara Lubliner, Ms. Muscle

Join Ms. Muscle and artist-members of Art Lives Here on a 5-mile walk to visit 6 monuments on Saturday, March 9th from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Meet at the Gold Meir Statue at 39th Street and Broadway at 1:00pm. Or join later at one of the other monuments along the route. The walk ends at the Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial at 122nd Street. Email Barbara Lubliner Art to receive the map and approximate time of arrival at each monument.

 

Women’s Jazz Festival: Sounds of New Orleans at The Schomburg Center ~ March 18

The Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival (WJF) is celebrating 32 years of centering Black women in the field of jazz. The Women’s Jazz Festival was founded in 1992 by then Harlem resident and jazz vocalist, Melba Joyce. Year after year, the festival and its curators have brought together musicians, dancers and a melding of musical genres to deliver an exciting series of concerts featuring some of the best-known and emerging talent by women in jazz today. The 2024 festival will be held in person on March 4,18, and 25.

 

Book Talk, ‘Wass in the City: New York women of Wit in the Twentieth Century’ at Jefferson Market Library ~ March 19

Seen as too smart, too sassy, too sexy, and too strident, female humorists have been resisted and overlooked. This talk will look at the pioneering women of wit who emerged in New York City during the interwar period and the ways in which they use irony, satire, and wit as an indirect form of social protest.

Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm. This is a Free, in-person event with Registration.

 

Book Talk ~ Jane Jacobs: Champion of Cities, Champion of People ~ March 21

Jane Jacobs was born more than a hundred years ago, yet the ideas she popularized — about cities, about people, about creating a more equitable world — remain hugely relevant today. Debut author Rebecca Pitts paints a vivid picture of a headstrong and principled young girl who committed her life to building cities made for, and by, the people who live in them. Refusing the conventional wisdom of the time, Jacobs championed diversity, community, grassroots organizing, and “the life of the street” — and she never backed down, even when it meant going up against the most powerful man in New York, Robert Moses. This is a story about standing up for what you know is right, including a playbook full of real-world takeaways for young activists.

This is a Zoom Webinar Event which will be held on March 21st at 6pm. Free with Registration.

 

Women’s Jazz Festival 2024: Melvis Santa & Jazz Orishas at The Schomburg Center ~ March 25

The Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival (WJF) is celebrating 32 years of centering Black women in the field of jazz. The Women’s Jazz Festival was founded in 1992 by then Harlem resident and jazz vocalist, Melba Joyce. Year after year, the festival and its curators have brought together musicians, dancers and a melding of musical genres to deliver an exciting series of concerts featuring some of the best-known and emerging talent by women in jazz today. The 2024 festival will be held in person on March 4,18, and 25.

 

Village Preservation Hosts a Special Event ~ ‘Berenice Abbott & Village Friends: A Love Letter to the Past’ ~ March 26

Speaker A.G. Norton relates the chance discovery of an old box of family photos, the winding path of learning and catharsis it led her down, and the seminal role played by teacher and friend Berenice Abbott.

This special in-person event will take place on March 26th at 6pm at the Parish Hall of St. Marks in the Bowery. It is Free with Registration.

 

Newark’s Women & Their Essential Role ‘The Golden Life’

The Golden Life installation of portrait of Zora Stover. Photo credit: Rachel Fawn Alban.

Project for Empty Space, in collaboration with the City of Newark’s Division of Arts and Culture, created by Newark-based artists Armisey Smith and Rachel Fawn Alban, has transformed the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Interstate 280 off-ramp in Newark, New Jersey and presenting their latest mural titled “The Golden Life”. This came together after the two creatives hosted a free art making workshop in the spring of 2023 that invited women and girls of all ages to participate in the creation of the artwork.

 

Visit The Online Exhibition Women March at New York Historical Society

For as long as there has been a United States, American women have organized to shape the nation’s politics and to secure their rights as citizens. Their collective action has taken many forms: from abolitionist petitioning to industry-wide garment strikes to massive marches for an Equal Rights Amendment.

 

Monument Women Created a Virtual Women’s Rights Trail

It is so important to learn about and honor the diverse contributions of New York City women to the advancement of women’s rights.  Use this map of the five boroughs to find and visit — either virtually or in-person — locations where women’s history was made!  This initial map will expand to include more women in all the boroughs.  Historians, librarians, educators and the public will help develop and enlarge the future scope of the Trail.

 

Visit the Ongoing Exhibition ‘Activist New York’ at The Museum of the City of New York

Opening in May, 2012, the ongoing exhibition Activist New York explores political & civil rights, religious freedom, immigration, gender equality, and more. Each section includes a timeline of key events along with images and objects supporting the movement.

 

Visit a Monument on Roosevelt Island Honoring Journalist Nellie Bly 

Installation for The Girl Puzzle in progress on Roosevelt Island. Image via prometheusart.com

Nellie Bly was an American journalist with a focus on the lives of working women, wiring a series of investigative articles on women factory workers and other important issues of the day including the Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913 for the New York Evening Journal. The article’s headline was “Suffragists Are Men’s Superiors” and in its text, she accurately predicted that it would be 1920 before women in the U.S. would be given the right to vote. #GirlPuzzle

 

Visit Literary Row in Central Park to view Women’s Rights Pioneers

Image via Monumental Women online

Monumental Women unveiled an art installation celebrating the lives of three women’s rights pioneers ~ Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

 

Additional Monuments in NYC Dedicated to Women

Golda Meir bust at Golda Meir Square, Broadway on East 39th Street

In addition to The Girl Puzzle and Monumental Women’s monument to three women’s rights pioneers, here are a few more monuments to women scattered about our five boroughs.

 

Visit The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange began in 1854 as a way for talented women to sell their needlework and handcrafted goods. It began as the Brooklynn Female Employment Society, and evolved into a small sewing school and storefront, which allowed women to care for their families and earn income without having to work in a factory environment. In addition, they also made warm garments for the soldiers during the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War 1.

The shop is made up completely of volunteers who are as pleased to show you where to find a particular item as they are to tell you about the artist who created it.  You will find everything from hand-thrown pottery, boiled wool hats and blown glass vases to sweaters, note cards, jewelry and hand-made bird houses.  You’ll find pickles and jams, soaps and candles and an abundance of children’s clothes and toys. An entire section is devoted to Brooklyn, from aprons and tea towels to tote bags and t-shirts. They even have a silhouette artist who will create an image from a photo. They are the Grand Dames of craft markets, well before Etsy and the influx of flea markets, continuing in their tradition today.

 

Visit the Lesbian Herstory Archives

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a public hearing on the proposed designation of The Lesbian Herstory Archives at 484 Fourteenth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The proposed individual landmark is culturally significant as the home since 1991 of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the nation’s oldest and largest collection of lesbian-related historical material.

On November 22, 2022, LPC voted to approve The Lesbian Herstory Archives, located at 484 Fourteenth Street in Brooklyn, as an Individual Historic Landmark. It is the first individual landmark in Brooklyn designated for its LGBTQ+ associations.