Schmucker Art Gallery Main Exhibit
Event Title: "I Beseech You: Women, Art, Politics, and Power"
I Beseech You: Women, Art, Politics, and Power
August 25 – November 20, 2020
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 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The artwork featured in the exhibition does not just celebrate the voices of women in a democracy, but also acknowledges the continued challenges of equal rights.
Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00am to 4:00pm