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Lecture: #5WomenArtists—New Narratives in the Americas Collection

Thurs, Mar 7 | 6:00–7:00



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Ellen Emmet Rand

Join Annelise K. Madsen, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Associate Curator, Arts of the Americas, as she highlights historical women artists in the collection. Madsen will especially focus on recent acquisitions, including works by Julie Hart Beers, Theresa Bernstein, Abastenia St. Leger Eberle, Ellen Emmet Rand, Augusta Savage, and Lilly Martin Spencer.

These museum acquisitions are part of an ongoing effort to expand narratives, create space for, and revalue female makers in the galleries. Madsen will delve into how, as curator, she endeavors to surface the stories and voices of women and the ways in which their historical artworks can connect to the present.

#5WomenArtists refers to a social media campaign launched in 2016 by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC to raise awareness about gender inequity in museums, the art market, and narratives of art history. Simply put, it issues a challenge: can you name (even) five women artists? Of course, we should be able to name many, many more!

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum.

In accordance with state and City of Chicago guidelines, visitors to the museum are no longer required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination. Anyone who would like to continue to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Learn more about our visiting policies and what to expect.

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