Take a moment, and think of five artists off the top of your head. If the list was entirely (or mostly) male, there’s a Women’s History Month social media campaign hoping to change that.
All throughout March, the National Women’s Museum of Art is calling on other arts institutions to help push women artists, both living and past, to the fore with the hashtag #5WomenArtists. The hashtag was inspired by the fact that, as easy as it sounds, many people have trouble naming just five women artists.
Through #5WomenArtists, the Women’s Museum hopes to help the public answer the question — without hesitation — ‘Can you name five women artists?’ by calling attention to the inequity women artists face today, as well as in the past, we hope to inspire conversation and awareness. We are excited to invite other art museums to join us in this initiative.
—NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling
In addition to LACMA, the Guggenheim, MFA Boston, and Museum of Modern Art, New York, we’ll be joining the digital call to arms and celebrating the gifted women artists—past and present—in our collection and on display.
A museum asked: “Can you name #5WomenArtists?”—and a #WomensHistoryMonth campaign was born. We’re joining @womeninthearts to celebrate the female artists in our collection this month (and year-round). Above: Mary E. Wrinch applied her modernist style to Ontario’s winter landscape years before the Group of Seven. #agotoronto #ONstorm #canadian #landscape
To celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth, we’re joining @womeninthearts and showcasing the female artists in our collection by asking: “Can you name #5WomenArtists?”. Renowned for her precise, mysterious style of painting, Canadian artist Christiane Pflug was also one of four women teaching at @ocaduniversity in the 1960s. See her work on display in Level 1. #agotoronto #museum #artandfeminism #toronto
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— ArtGalleryofOntario (@agotoronto) March 5, 2016
— ArtGalleryofOntario (@agotoronto) March 3, 2016