The next phase of the 100 Years | 100 Women initiative, a partnership with lead partner National Black Theatre and nine other New York City cultural institutions who together commissioned 100 artists and cultural creators to respond to the centennial of the 19th Amendment will debut on Tuesday, August 18. The projects, created by a multidisciplinary group that includes Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis, Toshi Reagon, Zoë Buckman, Andrea Jenkins, and many more, have also been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, widespread racial justice movements, and the divisive election season. On Tuesday, August 18 at 2pm, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, the Armory will host an online viewing party previewing the projects, publicly debuting an interactive digital portal that allows audiences to explore each commission, and premiering a short film by Shola Lynch documenting the inspirations and processes behind the participants’ contributions, including the ways in which the issues of the current moment have informed their work.
100 Years | 100 Women launched in February as part of the Armory’s annual “Culture in a Changing America” symposium, when the eleven partner institutions nominated 100 artists, activists, scholars, students, and community leaders to interrogate the complex legacy of women’s suffrage with new work to be presented as part of a gathering, showcase, and celebration scheduled to take place in the Armory’s Drill Hall this past spring. In lieu of the in-person celebration, the online viewing party--streaming on YouTube August 18 —will feature a sneak peek at some of the commissioned works, remarks by artists and partner organizations, and appearances by special guests including Maya Wiley, Susan Herman, Tantoo Cardinal, and more.
In addition to Park Avenue Armory and National Black Theater, the group of commissioning partners includes Apollo Theater; The Juilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Women.
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