January 21 - April 9
January 21 – April 9, 2017
Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery, Building W-16
Performance: Erin Devine, February 11, 6-9pm
Performance: Emily Francisco, March 11, 6-9pm
Panel Discussion: Led by Helen Frederick, April 8, 7-9pm
1917, American women were incarcerated at the Workhouse prison for attempting to have a voice, a right to vote. 100 years since these women, the Suffragists, first arrived at the Workhouse, the Workhouse Arts Center presents “Women Now” – exhibiting the voice of emerging and globally-established contemporary female artists. The exhibit is an opportunity to explore great women artists working now while allowing the viewer to reflect on the past and future 100 years.
The exhibit features well known figures of the contemporary art world including Jennifer Bartlett, Jenny Holzer and Mickalene Thomas along with influential artists Helen Frederick, fresh from a solo exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and Linn Meyers with a current solo exhibit at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Viewer will also discover growingly influential artists such as Christie Neptune, recently awarded “Artist In Market Place (AIM)” from the Bronx Museum of Art in New York, Charlotte Potter, with recent solo exhibits in Taxis and New York and recently featured in Virginia Living magazine, as well as Emily Francisco, Erin Devine and more!
FEBRUARY 11 6-9PM: RECEPTION & ERIN DEVINE PERFORMANCE (FREE)
Erin Devin, performance artist and Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Virginia Community College and Director at The New Gallery for Contemporary Art at NOVA-Woodbridge will premiere a new work exploring the Suffragists history at the opening reception on February 11th.
MARCH 11, 6-9PM: RECEPTION & EMILY FRANCISCO PERFORMANCE (FREE)
Emily Francisco, a sculptress, interactive generator of sound and recent resident artist at Artisphere in Arlington VA, will perform a sculptural object sound work as part of the Workhouse Second Saturday on March 11.
APRIL 8, 7-9PM: “THEN AND NOW: THE LINEAGE OF THE SUFFRAGISTS TO TODAY”
PANEL DISCUSSION (FREE)
April 8, Helen Frederick will lead a conversation regarding contemporary ideas about social activism and art, and what have been the various influences over the past 100 years, since the Suffragists were first imprisoned at the Workhouse. Frederick is a hero in the Washington D.C. region art community. She has been a Professor and directed printmaking at George Mason University and founded Pyramid-Atlantic in Hyattsville, MD, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking, and the art of the book. She is featured in the Feminist Art Base of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Art Institute Oral Traditions archives.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE WORKHOUSE AND SUFFRAGIST
THE WORKHOUSE PRISON MUSEUM (FREE)
Building W-9 . Open Wednesday through Friday 12 – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5pm
Thanks to Gallery Neptune and Brown and the World Bank Art Program