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“We Know of a Land That Looks Lonely But Isn't” by 2019 EWB artist Angela Fraleigh. (Facebook/Every Woman Biennial)
“We Know of a Land That Looks Lonely But Isn't” by 2019 EWB artist Angela Fraleigh. (Facebook/Every Woman Biennial)

'Every Woman Biennial'

The Whitney Biennial art show has a new feminist rival

By WITW Staff on May 20, 2019

The Every Woman Biennial art festival came to New York on Sunday for the third time since its conception as an all-women alternative to the Whitney Biennial, the popular exhibition at New York City’s Whitney Museum.

The organizer of the festival, C. Finley, came up with the idea in 2014 after learning that the Whitney Biennial contained twice as many male artists as female artists that year. Originally put together on a shoestring budget with contributions from artists and volunteers, the exhibition has grown to feature work from more than 600 female and gender-nonbinary artists — nine times the number of artists featured in the Whitney Biennial.

The festivities will include a women-centered film festival and an opening day flash-mob dance parade set to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” — a reference to the festival’s original, more tongue-in-cheek name, the Whitney Houston Biennial.

Work from women of all ages and types will be on display. Morgan Wolfers, a 13-year-old transgender girl from Colorado, is displaying work from her GenderCool project — an art initiative designed to give a window into the lives of transgender young people. Stars of the art world such as renowned feminist artist Marilyn Minter, collage virtuoso Mickalene Thomas, and sculptor Deborah Kass are all also set to debut work for the festival.

The Every Woman Bienniel, Finely explains, not only provides an opportunity to celebrate women artists, but also a chance for the artists themselves to find new collaborators, mentors, and dealers who can help them elevate their work.

“There’s this lady-power that happens,” Finley, 43, told The New York Times. “It’s very connected; we’re basically all putting our powers together and raising each other up … Cross-pollinating — baby, that’s what it’s all about.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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