As women’s rights are curtailed across the country and the Supreme Court signals its willingness to forgo precedent, a new generation of activists is stepping into the fight. Art as a form of expression has a unique way of motivating people.
Kati Hornung, Executive Director of VoteEquality
Artists 4 ERA, a Vote Equality project launched this year on International Women’s Day, is not just another art exhibit to celebrate Women’s History Month. The collection of limited edition signed prints – the proceeds of which will support local equal rights amendment efforts – represent the political power of visual art as an influencer. Unlike Renaissance paintings that featured women for their beauty and sexuality, these prints speak loud and clear of a marching chant, the potential 28th Amendment currently awaiting certification and publication:
“Equal rights under the law shall not be denied or restricted by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.”
This collection of works by 28 printmaking artists does not portray women in their expected roles that have dominated art history for centuries – queens and mothers, goddesses or saints, workers and whores. Nor does it focus solely on works by female artists who have succeeded in the male-dominated art world.
The idea of museum exhibitions emphasizing the place of women in the art world is long overdue. But the particular mission of Artists 4 ERA calls for a long-awaited change in law – a change that guarantees equal legal rights to all American citizens, regardless of gender, and ends the legal distinctions between men and women. women in matters of divorce, property, employment and health care. .
Artist and activist Shepard Fairey, one of ERA’s 28 artists, is well known for his iconic works like his viral depiction of Barack Obama in the “Hope” poster and his original Women’s March collection. His art sends a clear message that lives up to his words.
“I grew up at a time when women’s rights were on the rise and it was accepted that the ERA was destined to pass. With 38 states having ratified the ERA, it is time for our leaders to step up and realizing the will of the people by ensuring that the ERA is passed. It is high time that gender equality became the law of the land,” said Fairey. “This project stuck with me because the fight for equality Gender equality has always been rooted in social justice activism and there is still work to be done.”
Fairey will release 600 limited-edition signed prints via OBEY on March 15. (The prints will be available exclusively on the Fairey website and will be exhibited alongside many accomplished artists in the touring collection.)
Together, the artists in the exhibition show in printed works the essence of the equality that women are entitled to under law, but which has yet to be passed as a United States Constitutional amendment. United.
Some of the exhibition highlights include:
- Chuck Sperry’s “Flower of Democracy–Equal Rights” print is sure to be a hit.
- In the eyes of millennials, Hannah Rothstein likens the delay in ERA ratification to a missing poster.
- Nicole LaRue, who designed the Women’s March logo, sounds the alarm in “Welcome to the Revolution” by quoting the famous words of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer: “No one is free until not everyone is free”.
- Hands of old and young intertwine in Erin Yoshi’s “Give Our Daughters the Rights Our Grandmothers Deserved.”
- Amir Khadar’s “Pass the ERA” places women in front of a map of the United States.
While Artists 4 ERA presents a variety of artistic expressions, the message is one of all: Pass the ERA!
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The full collection of artwork, which can be viewed online, will debut in person at a March 19 launch event in Oakland, Calif. at Oakstop’s Broadway Gallery. (Buy Oakland tickets through the Artists 4 ERA website or directly through Eventbrite.)
From there, the collection will tour the country at events organized by VoteEquality, partner organizations and artists working for gender equality. The tour will promote the urgency of releasing the ERA – after all, anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ laws like the ones coming out of Texas and Florida wouldn’t be possible if gender equality was on the American Constitution.
Well-known artist, Chuck Sperry, recently released 250 of his ERA-inspired prints to his followers. Sperry has reserved 50 additional prints for sale at the launch event in Oakland.
Proceeds from the sale of Artists 4 ERA limited edition prints and artwork will be matched by generous matching from the Esler Family Foundation.
Artists included in the Artists 4 ERA collection include: Amanda Lynn, Amir Khadar, Chuck Sperry, Claw Money, Dave Young Kim, Deedee Cheriel, Erin Yoshi, Ferris Plock, Forest Stearns, Gabe Gault, Gilda Posada, Hannah Rothstein, Jennifer White – Johnson, Jodie Herrera, Kate Deciccio, Katty Huertas, Kelly Tunstall, Lee Queza, Miles Toland, Natalie White, Nicole LaRue, Peregrine Honig, Shannon Taylor, Shepard Fairey, Sophia Pineda, Steve Lambert, Tara McPherson, Tracie Ching and Tracey Murrell .
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