She Persists: A Century of Woman Artists in New York (2019-2020)

A curated installation of Gracie Mansion’s official rooms on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York and in the United States.

She Persists featured more than 60 works done by local women between the year Congress passed the 19th Amendment granting them the right to vote and its centennial. It celebrated the city’s wide-ranging history of women’s contributions to the arts and told stories about the daily lives of all New Yorkers, revealing the ways in which those included — past and present — creatively interrogate the possibilities for progress, equality, equity, and freedom across race, class, and gender lines.

Through painting, sculpture, photography, and video, the varied content of She Persists allowed inclusive dialogues about the contributions of some of the city’s most dynamic artists — some of whom were previously overlooked. Gracie Mansion again served as a dynamic site, specific to the living history and contemporary context of New York today in the course of this milestone anniversary.

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