Seen and Heard
Seen and Heard: An Active Commemoration of Women’s Suffrage
June 10 – August 27, 2017
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in New York State in 1917, Seen and Heard explores the state’s history of activism and use of the arts as a catalyst for social change. Inspired by Barbara Kruger’s “Who Speaks, Who is Silent?”, a monumental work in the Everson’s permanent collection that addresses the implication of silence and representation for women, this exhibition brings together newly commissioned work from artists working in photography, printmaking, and social practice, as well as several works from the Museum’s collection. Accompanied by a series of public programs, Seen and Heard explores the language and tactics of protest through the arts.
SEEN & HEARD:
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE AT SALTQUARTERS
May 13 – June 9, 2017
We are excited to announce a partnership with SALTQuarters! This spring, two artists included in Seen and Heard will be in residence at SALTQuarters making work that will be exhibited at the Everson.
Untitled (Who Speaks?/Who is Silent?), 1990
Photographic silkscreen on vinyl
52 x 197 inches
Everson Museum of Art Museum purchase
Black Brown Shine, 2016
Colored pencil and walnut ink
22 x30 inches
Borrowing imagery from diverse sources – West African iconography, political movements, planar geometry, plant growth, and sports – Mildred Beltré’s playful abstract constructions are metaphors for the complexity of human relationships. Her work is constantly evolving, is never polished, and is in a perpetual state of progress. As an artist and activist, imagination and the ability to dream are fundamental to Beltré’s artistic process. Dreams cannot be realized with the absence of imagination and our world seldom changes without actively re-envisioning social constructs. Beltré not only provides a way for us to reimagine the world we live in, she also issues us a challenge to accept the effort that inherently accompanies dreaming.
Voice Reading, Mail to:, 2013
Sound installation, speaker, lectern and desk lamp
Lionel Cruet (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a contemporary artist best known for depicting the interactive nature of the environment using digital printing, performance, and installations. Cruet lives in both New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico and frequently collaborates with other artists, as well as musicians, students, writers, and communities.
Butter Body Politic (Butterface), 2016
HD Video Still
Jessica Posner is a feminist artist working in a world where women’s bodies are objects. She creates experiences, objects, images, and language in response to cultural, historical, and structural violence against feminine subjects. Through movement, humor, emotion, and slippage, Posner introduces utopian possibilities to dystopian realities. Posner is unafraid of bodies, history, and feeling—and would like for you to be too.
In 2013, Posner moved from Brooklyn to Syracuse, NY—where the Great New York State Fair is held annually. In her desire to become a relevant populist artist, she earnestly attempted to become the next New York State Fair Butter Sculptor. She failed. Since then, she has been working with butter as a metaphor for a delicious, fleshy, and slippery body politic.