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All-female exhibitions to dominate American museums ahead of 2020 elections


50 museums spread across American are teaming up to create a string of all-female exhibitions in the run up to the 2020 elections.

The idea, created by Apsara diQuinzio, the senior curator of Modern and contemporary art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, was a direct reaction to the election of President Donald Trump and the subsequent 2017 Women’s March.

With the likes of New York‘s Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and 48 more agreeing to take part in the Feminist Art Coalition (FAC), diQuinzio has acquired funding from numerous sources which included a $50,000 curatorial grant from the Warhol Foundation.

“We started meeting informally,” diQuinzio told Artnet. “The inspiration for the project was really the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time. Thinking about how we could organize on a national scale without the budget of the Getty, we decided that it really had to be a grassroots initiative.”

“Many of us were caught off guard by the results of the 2016 presidential election. This urgent need to do something was how this came about. We thought it would be good to create a cultural groundwork where important conversations relating to gender and politics could take place within art institutions in a thoughtful, strategic way in the lead up to the 2020 election.”

Apsara diQuinzio is planning to launch most of the exhibitions are in autumn 2020 as it ramps up to coincide with the US elections. The Feminist Art Coalition will also come at a time when the MoMa reopens its doors having closed for extensive renovation. “In the last couple years, there’s been a lot of progress toward diversifying museum programming. It’s been kind of the zeitgeist, and it’s very encouraging to see, but we still have a lot more work to do obviously, particularly in the representation in institutional collections,” diQuinzio concluded.

You can view the full list of FAC exhibitions and programmes, here.