Give Us the Vote, a Contemporary Art Exhibition at ArtsWestchester


On View: October 10, 2017 – January 27, 2018

WHERE:
 ArtsWestchester Gallery
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY

Gallery Hours:
Tue – Fri, 12-5pm | Sat 12-6pm

ArtsWestchester’s “Give Us The Vote” is inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. This contemporary art exhibition in downtown White Plains examines the state of voting rights in America today.

The idea that American democracy is government “by the people, for the people” is fundamental to our national identity, yet the history of who has access to the ballot box in America is troubled. The right to vote is the most contested in American democracy. “Give Us the Vote” is a contemporary art exhibition inspired by the one hundredth anniversary of the victory for women’s voting rights in New York State, and examines the state of voting rights in America today.

The suffragist movement was one of the most powerful grassroots political movement of the 20th century. Women and men from all walks of life rallied together to win women an equal say in the democratic process and full recognition as citizens. The battle for the ballot raged through the Civil Rights Movement leading to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ensuring that the right to vote would not be denied on account of race or color. Still, not every citizen has equal access to the polls. Each election cycle reveals remaining disenfranchised populations and raises controversy about who should, can and does vote. In addition to recognizing the achievements of the suffragists, artworks will address the many enduring barriers to the ballot including gerrymandering, stringent voter registration requirements, voter registration roll purges, and revisions to the Voting Rights Act.


Contributing Artists:

Natalie BaxterGregg GuestMichele Pred
Nicole BrickerCarla Rae JohnsonLise Prown & Curt Belshe
Robert BrushYashua KlosPhilippe Safire
Zoe BuckmanSteve LambertJeffrey Schrier
Laurel Garcia ColvinAnn LewisRichard Tomasello
Tom Fruin Miguel Luciano
Johanna GoodmanRebecca Mushtare

*list in formation

 


Upcoming Events and Programs:

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:00-8:30pm | Give Us the Ballot: an Evening with Voting Rights Journalist and Historian Ari Berman.

Join us for an evening with Ari Berman, named one of the 50 most influential political pundits” in the U.S. by Business Insider. Berman will discuss the Voting Rights Act before answering audience questions and signing copies of his book.

$20 General Admission
Click here to reserve your seat(s) or by phone 914.428.4220, ext. 331.


Friday, November 3, 2017
7:00-8:30pm | FREEDOM SINGS! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

Legendary musicians and storytellers, Kim & Reggie Harris discuss and perform traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs in an interactive performance.

$15 General Admission
Click here to reserve your seat(s) or by phone 914.428.4220 ext 331.

This program is part of ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts Program, made possible by New York State Council for the Arts.

 


Monday, November 6, 2017
6:30-8pm | The Art of Politics a talk by Historian Louise Bernikow

On the centennial of the victory of women’s suffrage in New York State, join ArtsWestchester and historian Louise Benikow for an evening unpacking the role of art and images in the shaping political movements, particularly the women’s suffrage movement.
A Curator’s tour of the exhibition will follow the talk.

$10 General Admission
Click here to reserve your seat(s) or by phone 914.428.4220, ext. 331.

 


October 18 | November 15 | December 20 | January 17
6:30pm-8:30pm | Arts Happy Hour
FREE

Are you tired of going straight home after work? Do you want to get over that hump, connect with people and make art? Meet us at ArtsWestchester on the third Wednesday evening now through January 17 for our inaugural Young Professionals Arts Happy Hour Series. A great evening to network, drink and make collaborative art through workshops with ambidextrous drawing artist Donna Mikkelsen.

To learn more about these events, click on dates above.
Click here to reserve your seat(s) or via email to Kim McKoy.


October 24 | November 14 | December 12
4-5:30pm | Dance, Sing, Paint and Create
FREE

 

 

Sessions for students ages 12-16 and will include:

  • Tour of “Give Us the Vote” Exhibition
  • Art Activity
  • Quiet homework time

Enrollment is limited. To learn more click on dates above or call 914.428.4220.


Saturday, November 11, 2017
2-4pm | Create, Converse and Rock the Vote!
Create your own mini voting booth with artist Pedro Nel Ospina
FREE

Join artist Pedro Nel Ospina to create your our mini voting booth or ballot box like the artists in Give Us the Vote and share what the right to vote means to you.
All day voter registration with Rock the Vote!

RSVP preferred, but not required.
Click here to reserve your spot online, or call 914.428.4220.

 


 

Thursday, January 18, 2017
5pm | Use Your Words and Rock the Vote!
A Freestyle Poetry Workshop with Toni Blackman
FREE

Teens and adults will express themselves with spoken work poet Toni Blackman in this afternoon of freestyle poetry writing and performance.
All day voter registration with Rock the Vote!

RSVP preferred, but not required.
Click here to reserve your spot online, or call 914.428.4220.

 

 


*doors open approximately 30-minutes before program for all events.

The exhibition, Give Us The Vote is made possible thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and  Westchester Medical Center.