Celebrating female artists

Submitted by Heather Saunders on

Heather Saunders, Director of the Ingalls Library, will present Female Firsts: Celebrating American Trailblazers in the Art World at the Intown Club in Cleveland on January 7. She will showcase the following artists from the CMA collection: Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), Augusta Savage (1892-1962), Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), Agnes Denes (1931-), Yoko Ono (1933-), Judy Chicago (1939-), Jenny Holzer (1950-), Cindy Sherman (1954-), Shirin Neshat (1957-), and Lorna Simpson (1960-). The presentation will feature unique library materials, including this promotional publication by the Ohio-Chicago Arts Project, Inc. The group wanted to bring Judy Chicago's groundbreaking installation, The Dinner Party, to Akron because one of the women to whom she paid tribute was escaped slave Sojourner Truth. Truth delivered her famous speech, ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ in Akron at the Womens Rights Convention in 1851. Two years after the installation was completed, O-CAP brought the installation to Cleveland instead, attracting 30,000 people to the former Temple on the Heights, and under a new name, the group tried unsuccessfully to keep it in Cleveland permanently. Saunders first shared this presentation for the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art last January.