Make Art Nasty Again

Make Art Nasty Again

Credit: urbandictionary.com

Credit: urbandictionary.com

It was 1:28:45 into the third United States presidential debate when the guy who was debating with Hillary Clinton contemptuously stated, “such a nasty woman".

Nasty Woman is now a badge of honor, a dank Urban Dictionary definition and a viral hashtag. It is nastywomengetshitdone.com redirecting you to Planned Parenthood. It is an “artistic rebellion for women’s rights” as said by, nastywomeneverywhere.org

Installation view. Credit: EPW Studio/Maris Hutchinson, 2017.

Installation view. Credit: EPW Studio/Maris Hutchinson, 2017.

 Credit: the official @nastywomenexhibition

 Credit: the official @nastywomenexhibition

Last week, the first Nasty Women exhibition, organized by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore, was held in Queens, New York. The Knockdown Center hosted the four day show of live music and performances, selling out of all donated work. Over 600 works of art, ranging from small sculptures, video and audio files, photographs and paintings, raised over $50,000 for Planned Parenthood and other non-profits benefiting women’s rights. 

 Brandi Twilley, “Gold and Blonde,” 2011, Oil on canvas

 Brandi Twilley, “Gold and Blonde,” 2011, Oil on canvas

 Angela Pilgrim, “Afro Puff ll”, 2015, print

 Angela Pilgrim, “Afro Puff ll”, 2015, print

The phrase has summoned a creative rebellion on a global scale with Australia, Portugal, England and the Netherlands preparing Nasty Women exhibitions opening in the spring. The sister exhibition Nasty Women Amsterdam says they are having a call-for-art in order to, “demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights.” 

Lazy Mom, “Eat the Patriarchy”, 2017, photograph

Lazy Mom, “Eat the Patriarchy”, 2017, photograph

There are spin-off shows, like What Nasty Women Wear at Black & White Projects, that while they may not be fundraisers, they are socially aware fine art shows participating in the commentary. The San Francisco gallery defines the term Nasty Women as, “new feminism, activism, and healthy bad behavior.” Nasty Women is an international movement that has the power to bring art to the people, awareness to a cause and funds to organizations which have already been threatened by the new Congress. 

Installation view of Nasty Women Exhibition at Texas Tech School of Art, 2017

Installation view of Nasty Women Exhibition at Texas Tech School of Art, 2017

Installation view of What Nasty Women Wear at Black & White Projects, 2016

Installation view of What Nasty Women Wear at Black & White Projects, 2016

Confirmed venues for Nasty Women exhibitions can be found here.

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