January 22, 2019
Gracie Mansion has recently announced the opening of the largest exhibit, She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, containing more than 60 works of art. The exhibit honors the hard work and sacrifices of women with a focus on the centennial anniversary of suffrage and talented female artists who are deeply connected to New York City.
To further honor these contributions, First Lady Chirlane McCray highlighted her mother’s hand-crafted creations of dolls of darker skin colors. She shared, “This exhibit is, for me, deeply personal. Not just for me, but for any woman who has ever felt they had to work twice as hard just to be in the game. Just to be in the game! Just think how hard these women had to work to be exceptional because they are all exceptional.” First Lady Chirlane McCray expressed how the art in this exhibit reflected the struggle the female artists went through, “Their stories of perseverance are as much a part of this exhibit as their brilliant works of art.”
At the art exhibit opening, Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem expressed her gratitude to the Mayor and First Lady “…for their leadership in creating a space for a new and important and significant dialogue around culture and inclusivity.” Thelma further expressed her joy about the art work by women, “This exhibition truly, not only opens up deep and important art and historical dialogues, but represents a truly historic achievement not just for all of us in this room, but for all of New York and New York City.”
Jessica Bell Brown is the curator for this installation, who brought together all of the art to fulfill First Lady Chirlane McCray’s vision.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for last night's opening of our new exhibition at Gracie Mansion, 'She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, 1919-2019'! #ShePersistsNYC pic.twitter.com/FfofOYYDuI— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady) January 23, 2019