Viridian Artists is pleased to present “Herstory,” an exhibition of outstanding art by all genders celebrating women. The show extends from February 28 – March 25, 2023.
Herstory: an exhibit dedicated to the experience, viewpoint, and history of women. The term dates back to 1962, but it wasn’t until 1970 that Robin Morgan elevated it into common usage in her book, “Sisterhood is Powerful.” And it was not until 1987 that the month of March was designated Women’s History Month. Gender continues to be in the public eye, and we are constantly reminded that there is a contest of power between entitlement and equality.
The art in this exhibit explores a wide variety of questions, doubts, remembrances, hopes, fears, and fury that women continue to have. In too many ways, women are still struggling to combat the gender gap. Feminism entered its 4th wave in 2012, epitomized by the Me too movement and similar developments, focusing on the empowerment of women. Since then, the dilemma of gender has become much more complex as gender fluidity and change has become more commonly embraced, and with targeted discrimination occurring in these increasingly-discussed avenues of identity. Although, sadly, female artists must still struggle to gain recognition and value equal to that of male artists, this year we have invited artists of all genders to participate, allies demonstrating support through their art about continued gender inequity and the importance of parity.
We encourage everyone to recognize the importance of art and culture to reflect our memories of the past and our wishes for the future. Viridian invites you to view this exhibit of moving and truly outstanding artwork, and to experience how our artists view the experience of women in the world today. And, as Gilda Radner once said, “I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they’re the first to be rescued off sinking ships.”
The artists taking part in the exhibition are: Marie Ange Hoda-Ackad, Denise Jones Adler, Linda Ganus-Albulescu, Teruko Asuguchi, Ayako Bando, Annaliese Bischoff, Renée Borkow, Jenny Belin, Vanessa Brown, Ellen Burnett, Sabine Carlson, Chasity Colón, Irene Christensen, May De Viney, Kiffi Diamond, Rhonda Donovan, Céline Downen, Bernice Faegenburg, Elizabeth Fidoten, Arlene Finger, Jean Foos, Gani, Rachel Green, Joshua Greenberg, Ishiyama Haruka, Halona Hilbertz, Miho Hiranouchi, K. Junko, Kat King, Bernice Sokol Kramer, Angela M. LaMonte, Catherine Lazure, Stephanie Lempres, Vern McClish, Vernita Nemec, Anna Novakov, No,44, Mariko Okabayashi, Petronia Paley, Brett Poza, Laura Rutherford Renner, Sarah Riley, Frank Sheehan, Kasia Skorynkiewicz, Katherine Ellinger Smith, Sheila Smith, Vicky Tesmer, Chieka Uruga, Emily Waters, Victoria Webb, Courtney Lee Weida, Zoe Brown-Weissmann.