The booths and fair tents have now been vacated, and life in Miami restored to normal traffic woes. But the female voices present at Miami Art Week – an annual flurry of fairs that descend upon the city each December – have resonated far beyond these temporary events.
Amongst the stream of educational seminars held during Miami Art Week, one emphasized the importance of supporting female artists and dealers. Moderated by the Founder and CEO of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), Susan Mumford, “Unconscious Bias and the Art World” took place on Friday, December 2nd in partnership with Aqua Art Miami.
Statistics, problems, and possible solutions were discussed among the panelists. Dawn Delikat, Associate Executive Director of Pen + Brush remarked, “Our major institutions do not present women’s voices.”
Other panelists included Mashonda Tifrere, founder of Art LeadHER, Steven Alan Bennett of The Bennett Collection of Women Realists, and Sara Kay, founder of the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts. The seminar concluded with an important statement by Mumford: “The work we have to do is on ourselves.”
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Jenkins Johnson Gallery (San Francisco) presented From Here: a solo show by interdisciplinary artist Sadie Barnette. A chain-link fence print was juxtaposed with a hot pink backdrop for what appeared to be framed mementos, but were actually excerpts from an FBI Surveillance file on Barnette’s father. He was a founder of the Compton, California chapter of the Black Panther Party, a member of the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis, and he opened the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco.
Barnette writes, “I am the Oakland (19)80s baby of the radical and armed movement of love, the interracial, outer-spatial, and of disco idealism. I am the improbable celebration of my parents’ acts of resistance, gender-defiant grace, fierce Midwestern kindness, dearly protected optimism and humor.”