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Open Call: Fall 2020 Exhibition

April 15

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
(718) 834-8761

Call for Entries. Deadline: April 15, 2020
Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Curated by Rachel Gugelberger
September 26–November 8, 2020

2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This year also marks the 59th United States presidential election, with women’s rights taking center stage.

While there is a direct line from the spectacles of the suffragist movement to the legion of activists wearing pink pussy-hats at Women’s Marches protesting the 2017 inauguration of President Donald Trump, a broader and more nuanced suffrage history needs to be illuminated. The struggle for women’s rights did not end with the 19th Amendment. Among the urgent issues that are still driving the political debate leading up to the 2020 presidential election include gender equality and voting rights.

Smack Mellon seeks submissions for works that acknowledge the achievements of the 19th Amendment, examine suffrage from a historical perspective and consider its complicated history. Artists are encouraged to submit work that engages with and interprets the theme of suffrage in an expansive way. How has the 19th Amendment built on the intersectional visions and voices that presage the Women’s Suffrage Movement? How has it shaped subsequent legislation, corporate culture, social mores and codes and “gender wars?” How has the Civil Rights Movement intersected with—or been downplayed within the history of suffrage in advancing social justice? How can voters today confront gender equality, women’s empowerment, reproductive rights, voting rights and intersectional human rights?

The exhibition will be organized by guest curator Rachel Gugelberger and will be on view from September 26 through November 8, 2020. In an effort to include a wide range of viewpoints, the majority of participating artists will be selected from an open call. Smack Mellon welcomes submissions across media and disciplines, including, but not limited to 2D, 3D, sound, performance, installation, time- and research-based works, and public programs. Submissions of existing works and proposals for new and/or site-specific projects are welcome.