Join Us for Four Events Celebrating "Women's Work"

June 21, 2022 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

There have always been great women artists—a fact that feminist art historians have continually and consistently reinforced over the past half century. Using this summer’s new “Women’s Work” exhibition at Lyndhurst as a source of inspiration, these three virtual events will delve into the complex history of women’s artistry; the growing recognition of the influence of women artists, feminist artists, and women artists of color on the art world; and the deep connections that exist between the production of art and the places where women created it.

These programs are brought to you by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Where Women Made History program in conjunction with the “Women’s Work” exhibition at Lyndhurst—a National Trust Historic Site located in Tarrytown, New York.

View of a room with a series of objects that range from flowers in a glass jar in the foreground, and then  series of objects that are related to sewing in the background, including one performance art piece on a screen.

photo by: © Bruce M. White 2022

A view of the Lyndhurst Gallery. Foreground: "Floral Arrangement" 1860-1890, Background: (L-R) Miriam Schapiro "Decorative Fan #1," Harmony Hammond "Bag VI," A still of Yoko Ono's "Cut Piece" © Yoko Ono, Emma Amos "Great Grandpa Jefferson," Faith Ringgold "Sugar," Angela Ellsworth "Pantaloncini Work No. 069 (Emma)," and "Dressing Gown" from 1862-64.

Thursday August 4, 2022

1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET

Preserving the Places Where Women Made Art

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The places where women artists were inspired to produce their work is as significant as their artwork. Yet too often these sites of creativity are not considered critical when assessing an artist’s work, influences, or impact.

In this event, a panel of geographically, culturally, and thematically diverse places of women’s artistry and creativity will consider both “how” and “why” it is important to recognize and preserve these places where women made art. In doing so we’ll explore a range of approaches for tackling the challenges of preserving the place-based legacy of women artists, examine the manner in which the artists’ stories are presented to the public to bring women artists the recognition and respect they deserve, and how these historic places can continue to inspire education, activism, advocacy, and new artwork in their communities.


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Women’s Work: Beatrice Glow, Daisy Quezada Ureña, Nafis M. White in Conversation with Rebecca Hart

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How do contemporary women artists draw on personal histories and cultural heritage to create a unique body of work? Independent curator Rebecca Hart leads a panel discussion with three contemporary artists who are featured in Lyndhurst’s “Women’s Work” exhibition. Beatrice Glow, Daisy Quezada Ureña, and Nafis M. White each use their artistic vision to address complex social and political issues that include migration, colonialization, gender and racial discrimination, and cultural identity.

Using a wide range of different media and sensory experiences, each artist explores identity, community, and the power of resilience in their vast body of work, community activism, and teaching. Rebecca Hart will engage these artists in conversation about their chosen methodologies and the ways in which they examine their role as artists within the historical context of artistic practice.


Sunday, September 18, 2022

1:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET

Women's Work Curator's Symposium

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With more than 125 objects, ‘Women’s Work’ explores the adoption of the domestic handcraft tradition by contemporary women artists by placing historic precedents next to contemporary examples. Join the curatorial team for an inside look at this special exhibition profiled in the New York Times. Howard Zar, Lyndhurst’s Executive Director and a graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, shares insights into the creation of this culturally diverse exhibition. Nancy Carlisle, a graduate of Winterthur and Senior Curator of Collections at Historic New England, highlights the history of domestic handcrafts through its surviving objects. Rebecca Hart, a Cranbrook graduate, and independent contemporary art curator will discuss the often difficult history of the adoption of historical techniques by contemporary women artists.

  • 1 pm: Lecture with Executive Director, Howard Zar followed by Q&A. (60 minutes)
  • 2 pm: Lecture with Senior Curator of Collections at Historic New England, Nancy Carlisle followed by Q&A. (60 minutes)
  • 3 pm: Lecture with Curator Becky Hart followed by Q&A. (60 minutes)
  • 4 pm: Private Tour in the Mansion in Howard Zar. (in person only) (60 minutes)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET

Women's Work: A Conversation with Lucy Lippard and Harmony Hammond

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Writer, activist, curator, co-founded various artists’ feminist and activist organizations and publications, and author of 25 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, Lucy Lippard, will be joined by Harmony Hammond, a leading figure in the development of the feminist art movement in New York in the early 1970s, and co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York. You won’t want to miss this spirited and thought-provoking conversation between two leading figures of the feminist art movement—and two long-time friends—as they reflect on their careers from the 1970s up to the present, and the evolution of “women’s work” in the art world as reflected in the artists and artwork of the Women’s Work exhibition at Lyndhurst.

Every place has a woman's story to tell. Through Where Women Made History, we are identifying, honoring, and elevating places across the country where women have changed their communities and the world.

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