HER FLAG: 36 FEMALE ARTISTS JOIN FORCES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

HER FLAG
Event + performance for New York State with Marilyn Artus, Indira Cesarine and Katherine Crockett along with The League of Women Voters of Albany County New York
July 17th, 2019 // 2 pm
Albany Institute of History & Art Museum
125 Washington Ave. 
Albany, New York 

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment to take place in 2020,  “HER FLAG” is an art project encompassing 36 states/stripes on a U.S. flag by 36 female artists to honor the women who fought for the right to vote. When Her Flag is completed in August of 2020, it will be a 36 stripe flag (with each stripe by a different artist), and one for each of the ratifying states that turned the 19th amendment into law. The project will celebrate women including Ida B Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Forten Purvis and so many more. All these women took a part in the women’s suffrage movement which ratified the vote for women 100 years ago.

Partner artists of note include Utah’s Jann Haworth, pioneer of fiber art sculpture in the 1960s and best known for co-designing The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, for which she received a Grammy. Nicole LaRue will be creating the stripe for New Hampshire. Nicole designed the official Women’s March on Washington logo and was recently interviewed by CNN about the design. Rora Blue of California will be representing her state and is best known for her social media presence. Rora Blue has collected over 36,000 unsent text messages from people all over the world for her The Unsent Project. Artist, Indira Cesarine, who is representing New York State’s stripe, is not only the editor-in-chief of The Untitled Magazine, she is also a multimedia artist and founder of The Untitled Space art gallery, which has been celebrated for its feminist exhibitions, including ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE, and UPRISE ANGRY WOMEN, among many others.

“Sojourner Truth” Painting in India ink by Indira Cesarine, 2019 to be featured on the stripe for New York State. 

Her Flag will be created throughout the course of artist Marylin Artus’ travels, a road trip in the order of the amendment’s ratification. Artus will sew the stripe onto the flag at a live event in the capital city of each state. In New York, The live Her Flag sewing event will be held on July 17th, 2019 at 2 pm at Albany Institute of History & Art located at 125 Washington Ave. Albany, New York. Dancer Katherine Crockett will be performing alongside Marilyn during the stripe sewing ceremony featuring artwork by Indira Cesarine. The artist as well as The League of Women Voters of Albany County New York will also be present for the ceremonial event.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took many years for 36 states to ratify it into law. On August 18, 1920, our foresisters woke up with the right to speak their voice into the policies and the people that steer this nation. Finally, they could vote.

“I am on a mission to make sure that every woman I come in contact with over the next 14 months is registered to vote and gets out in 2020 to put that registration to use.” said project founder, artist and suffrage era enthusiast, Marilyn Artus. “But celebrating this anniversary isn’t just about women. This was a fight. It took Democrats and Republicans and Men and Women and Black and White Americans working together to get this amendment passed. Her Flag is a not a political piece of work, rather a powerful, positive symbol used to educate and celebrate this truly momentous American anniversary.”

The 19th amendment states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” This amendment did legally give all women the right to vote, but, laws within each state varied and did create complications for many women in exercising this right. Jim Crow Laws in the South impeded many African Americans from voting until the 1960s and Native Americans did not have full voting rights in all 50 states until 1970. Asian-American women could not vote until 1952. Women’s history is often times overlooked, we think this anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate and discuss the many challenges related to voting in the past and present for women and people of color.

“SUSAN B ANTHONY” Painting in India ink by Indira Cesarine, 2019 to be featured in the stripe for New York State. 

“I am truly honored to represent New York state for the nationwide HERFLAG 2020 project. For the New York stripe, I painted 8 portraits of women from the state that most influenced the 19th Amendment being ratified, including Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth. It is inspiring to be a part of such a historical project that recognizes the work of women who paved the way for equal rights. I have always been influenced by women’s history and it was great to participate in a project that aligned so closely with my own artistic vision.” – artist Indira Cesarine

INDIRA CESARINE – with painting in progress “Arrested for Equality – An Ode To The Suffragettes” 2017, (Protest Series) featured in “She Inspires” Exhibition – The Untitled Space May 2017

About the Journey
The first stop of the journey was in Madison, Wisconsin on June 10th, 2019, on the 100th year anniversary of the Wisconsin legislature passing the resolution ratifying the 19th amendment. She will continue her travels to each of the 36 states in order of ratification ending in Nashville, Tennessee on August 18th, 2020. On this date, 100 years after Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment granting American women the universal right to vote, Marilyn will complete and display Her Flag.

About Marilyn Artus and Her Flag
Marilyn Artus lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She worked as a designer in the gift industry for thirteen years and in 2008 she became a full time visual artist. She has been using the American flag in her recent works and has created tribute works to Susan B. Anthony, Victoria Woodhull, Gloria Steinem, Ida B. Wells, Candy Darling and Beyoncé.

About Artist Indira Cesarine representing New York State 
Indira Cesarine is a multimedia artist who works with photography, video, painting, printmaking and sculpture. A graduate of Columbia University with a triple major in Art History, French and Women’s Studies, she additionally studied at Parson’s School of Design, ICP, School of Visual Arts, Art Students League and the New York Academy of Art. Cesarine had her first solo show at the age of sixteen at the Paul Mellon Arts Center. Her work as an artist has been featured internationally at many art galleries, museums and festivals, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mattatuck Museum, CICA Museum, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Getty Images Gallery, French Embassy Cultural Center, Art Basel Miami, Cannes Film Festival and the International Festival Photo Mode to name a few. In 2014, her public art sculpture, “The Egg of Light” was exhibited at Rockefeller Center as part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. Her work was auctioned at Sotheby’s New York for the annual “Take Home A Nude” art benefits in 2017 and 2018, Artwalk NY 2018, and was featured at SCOPE Art Basel (Switzerland) and SCOPE Miami in 2018, as well as SPRING/BREAK Art Show in 2018 and 2019. Her work has been featured internationally in many publications including American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Forbes, Newsweek, W Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar, among many others. Aside from her work as an artist, she is the founder and editor-in-chief of art and culture publication, The Untitled Magazine, and owner of The Untitled Space art gallery in Tribeca, NY.

Katherine Crockett. Image courtesy of Paul B. Goode.

About Performer Katherine Crockett
Katherine Crockett is a celebrated modern dancer and choreographer who performs internationally. She was the principal dancer for Martha Graham Dance Company and toured internationally with the company for 21 years. Crockett starred as The Queen in the Off- Broadway immersive theater hit, “Queen of the Night,” for which she created and choreographed her role. She played Cate Blanchett’s dancer double in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” starring Blanchett and Brad Pitt, directed by David Fincher and starred alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov as Helen in Richard Move Achilles Heels-The Show. Crockett has additionally performed at the Cannes Film Festival, the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, and on the runways of Prada, Alexander McQueen and numerous other global luxury houses. She has collaborated with artist Indira Cesarine on numerous series, and recently performed at Cesarine’s “EDEN” exhibition at the UN Plaza.

Collaborating Artists:
Wisconsin – Jenie Gao
Illinois – Judith Mayer
Michigan – Ann Lewis
Kansas – Jennifer Hudson
New York – Indira Cesarine
Ohio – Lindsay Scott
Pennsylvania – Jameela Wahlgren
Massachusetts – Kari Percival
Texas – Mila Sketch
Iowa – Annie Swarm Guldberg
Missouri – Rori de Rien
Arkansas – Virmarie DePoyster
Montana – Jane Waggoner Deschner
Nebraska – Cindy Chinn
Minnesota – Anne Ulku
New Hampshire – Nicole LaRue
Utah – Jann Haworth
California – Rora Blue
Maine – Amie Kennedy
North Dakota – Darby Ness
South Dakota – Klaire Lockheart
Colorado – Susan Cooper
Kentucky – Linda Erzinger
Rhode Island – Allison Cole
Oregon – Davida Fernandez
Indiana – Bonnie Fillenwarth
Wyoming – Bethann Garramon Merkl
Nevada – Lisa Jean Allswede
New Jersey – Donna Bassin
Idaho – Vina Domingo
Arizona – TaLisa Lopez-Garcia
New Mexico – Laurel Garcia Colvin
Oklahoma – Denise Duong
West Virgina – Savannah Schroll Guz
Washington – Erin Shigaki
Tennessee – Higgins Bond

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