"Feminist and...." exhibit opened Friday night at the Mattress Factory Art Museum. I was exited to be there in a crowd of over 500 people. "Feminist and..." presents work from 6 women artists from around the world and spanning multiple generations. The theme of the exhibit was to explore the diversity of feminist perspectives and feminism's intersections with other ideas. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from an exhibit on feminism at a contemporary art installation museum. I was not surprised that some of the pieces were a bit abstract. I did overhear a few versions of the question "And this relates to feminism how?" Other pieces explored traditionally feminist themes in interesting and engaging ways (such as a video exploration of the sexual objectification of women's breasts projected on the oversized bust of a large bust-like statue). There was also an interactive piece where visitors could finish the sentence "I am a feminist and..." The energy in the place was the best part. Even when people struggled to make sense of the pieces they were excited to be there. The totally unapologetic, rich and diverse exploration of feminism was so refreshing! The size of the crowd was a great reminder that people are embracing these conversations. Watch out haters--feminism is alive and flourishing in Pittsburgh.
EMPOWERTAINMENT aims to take a critical look at media in regards to how gender and women/girls are portrayed. From popular articles, videos, and websites, to original submissions, we want to not only examine the media and its relation to gender, but help shift it.