Online Exhibition

How Will They Know We Were Here? 100 Years Beyond Women’s Suffrage
Marilyn Artus / Natalie Baxter / Amplifier

July 7 - November 3: Online Exhibition Open 
 

quilted flag by Marilyn Artus, has 36 colorful stripes representing 36 states that ratified the 19th amendment. the top left area says votes for women in black with gold letters

Marilyn Artus, "Her Flag," 2020. printed cotton, thread, 5.5 x 8 feet

 

“Her Flag” is a nationwide art and travel project by Marilyn Artus to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 72 years long nonviolent fight that kicked open voting for women in the United States.

Artus collaborated with a woman artist from each of the 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment into law to create a 18’ x 26’  flag. Each artist created artwork inspired by the centennial, manifested as a stripe on “Her Flag.”

Marilyn Artus, "Her Flag 2020," 2020. video. Produced by: Brad Beesley, Heather Courtney, Louisiana Kreutz, Jessica Wolfson; Music: Bikini Kill and L7; Edited by: Jessue Auritt

 

Artus began traveling in order of ratification in June of 2019 to each state and in a public performance, stitched each stripe onto “Her Flag” until February 2020 when Covid-19 hit the U.S. Artus reached 25 of the 36 states, before stopping her travel. She has been live streaming the sewing performances as originally scheduled with the collaborating artists. She will complete the journey on August 18, 2020 in Tennessee. 

The culmination of the project will be a new flag sewn as a thank you and love letter to the states that ratified the 19th Amendment into law. The 8’ version of “Her Flag” exhibited in this show was created in tandem with the original version of “Her Flag.”

artus with large flag, votes for women pin cushion

In addition to collaborating with 36 artists in each of the states that ratified the 19th Amendment, Artus invited an artist from each of these states to create a pin cushion that would be used during the performances.

 

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    Marilyn Artus, Leslie Robinson (California); Andrea Poland (Arkansas)

  • Illinois Wyoming

    Marilyn Artus, Veronica Urbanovich (Illinois); Alyssa Tekiela (Wyoming)

  • New Mexico Washington

    Marilyn Artus, Rebekan Williams (New Mexico); Kara Taylor (Washington)

  • Minnesota Oklahoma

    Marilyn Artus, Hannah Burt (Minnesota); Sallie McBrier (Oklahoma)

  • New Jersey mass

    Marilyn Artus, Amy Sunshine (New Jersey); Elizabeth Stubbs (Massachusetts)

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    Marilyn Artus, Erin Kanzig (Oregon); Marsha Harden (Wisconsin)

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Marilyn Artus, "Her Flag," detail

 


One year after the historic Women’s March on Washington, Amplifier and the Women’s March teamed up with partners across the country to channel energy and activism into tangible results in the 2018 midterm elections. 

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Amplifier, Laci Jordan

 

From an open call, a twelve-person curatorial team selected 50 works meant to energize swing-state voters, and inspire them to take to the polls and elect leaders who reflect American majority values. Amplifier printed more than 20,000 posters of the selected work, and distributed them for free to community partner events focused on civic engagement and democracy in over 30 cities and 20 different states nationwide. The images have also been wheat pasted in the streets, and distributed as bus shelter ad takeovers and massive installations. All of the images from the campaign are available for free download on amplifier.org. 

yellow background, drawing of women of different ages and races, moving confettiAmplifier, Ashley Lukashevsky

 

For the 52nd anniversary of the “Voting Rights Act”, Amplifier worked with non-profit Rock the Vote and artist Ashley Lukashevsky to highlight voices that these policies threaten to silence. The series highlights the need to renew and strengthen this essential protection against discrimination in voter registration and access. The Voting Rights Act was intended to guarantee the elimination of racial discrimination in voting, however in 2013 the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder removed the preclearance clause, allowing for jurisdictions with a history of passing discriminatory voting laws to no longer be subject to oversight when passing voting laws that impact minority voters.

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Amplifier, Puno Puno, Erin McAdams, Jennifer Bloomer, Shiela Cuellar Shaffer

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Regions with a history of racial discrimination no longer have a federal oversight for their voting process. The 2016 presidential election marked the first time in 50 years without the protection of the preclearance clause. Therefore the last election cycle was marked not by record breaking turnout but by first time voter suppression laws in 15 states. Voter suppression takes many forms; voter ID laws, voter purges, cuts to early voting, restrictions to mail-in-voting, gerrymandering, and felony disenfranchisement. These increasingly rigid laws and ever-shifting rules make it particularly difficult for people of color, women, and new generations of voters to take part in our democracy.

 

  • power to the polls

    Amplifier, Epp Sue

  • stop drop to the polls image in city

    Amplifier, Katy Galvin

  • times up

    Amplifier, Diane Shaw

  • help tip the vote

    Amplifier, Lisa Gilardi

  • image of city with amplifier poster installed at bus stop

    Amplifier, Bo Lee poster installed at bus stop. image: Luna Park

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magenta banner with gold letters and yellow fringe, "Clearly confused by her role as a woman"

Natalie Baxter, "Clearly Confused, VI," 2020. fabric, cotton batting, fringe, 38 x 30 inches

 

Natalie Baxter's body of work "Alt Caps" explores the culture of online commenting and gender. In 2016, an article on Baxter's work appeared on the conservative news site The Blaze, “Feminist artist takes on ‘toxic masculinity’ by making ‘soft, impotent’ sculptures of guns." The resulting comments on the article have since become the subject of her works in the series, such as "Clearly Confused by Her Role as a Woman."

 

  • two painted golden eagle statues, covered with gold glitter. nails painted hot pink

    Natalie Baxter, "American Pride," 2019. found statuette, spray paint, glitter, paint & nail polish, 8 x 22 x 6 inches; "Freedom Flier," 2019. found statuette, spray paint, glitter, paint & nail polish, 41 x 73 x 4 inches

  • white and gold puffy flag with gold fringe on the top, like bangs

    Natlie Baxter, "Ida," 2017. fabric, polyester fill, fringe, 23 x 19 inches

  • sewn flag stuffed stripes, golden fringe, gold and white fabric

    Natlie Baxter, "Mathilde," 2017. fabric, polyester fill, fringe, 15 x 18 inches

  • golden eagles, coated in gold glitter with hot pink talons
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Natalie Baxter, "The Free and Brave," 2020. fabric, polyfill & fringe, 34 x 52 x 3 inches