Schmucker Art Gallery Main Exhibit
Event Title: "I Beseech You: Women, Art, Politics, and Power"
I Beseech You: Women, Art, Politics, and Power
Re-opening February 5 through March 6 2021
The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a print by Carrie Mae Weems, Tell Me, I Beseech You, When I Casted My Vote to You, Did I Cast It to the Wind? (1996). This work and others featured in the exhibition, including those by Judy Chicago, Kara Walker, Donna Ferrato, Käthe Kollwitz, Ana Mendieta, Kay Walkingstick, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar, Jessica Houston, Zoë Charlton, and the Guerrilla Girls, among others prominent women artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, examine complicated issues related to identity, environmental activism, politics, and power in art. Gettysburg College students enrolled in the art history courses “Art and Public Policy” and “Art After 1945,” taught by Dr. Shannon Egan, Director of Schmucker Art Gallery, introduce viewers to the political significance of the works and make new connections among the artists and their impulses for activism in the accompanying exhibition catalogue.
The exhibition and events are co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, the Art and Art History Department, Peace and Justice Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Environmental Studies, the Office of Multicultural Engagement, and the Women’s & LGBTQIA+ Resource Center.
Image: Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953), Tell me, I beseech you, when I casted my vote to you, did I cast it to the wind?, 1996, Chromogenic print (c-print), 18.88 x 23 in. (47.96 x 58.42 cm.). Purchase made possible by the Michael Birkner ’72 and Robin Wagner Art and Photography Acquisition Fund with additional support from Dr. Deborah Smith P’11, P’13, Gettysburg College Art Collection.
Recorded Virtual Gallery Talks with artist Jessica Houston, art historian Jerry Philogene, curator Emily Francisco ’14, and select student curators: www.youtube.com/c/gettysburgcollege/videos
Friday, March 5 at 10:00am to 4:00pm