Women’s Rights National Historical Park will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2014) with an artwork exhibition and gallery talk by the renowned artist Andrea Arroyo.
The exhibit will be on view from September 17th through October 15th, 2014, in the Women’s Rights NHP Visitor Center. On Saturday, September 27th, there will be a free artist talk and reception from 1-4 pm.
This exhibition, entitled “Women in Movement,” includes artworks that examine notions of memory, belonging, and body image and that honor the resilience of the female spirit,” said Ms. Arroyo. To create some of these artworks, the artist has repurposed evocative garments collected from women in her community, such as a Mexican huipil, and an Indian prayer shawl.
Works in the exhibit include “Coatlicue,” (at right) a painting of the Aztec goddess integrated with a Tzotzil huipil (A traditional, hand-woven dress from Chiapas, Mexico); “Ixchel,” which depicts the Mayan Jaguar goddess integrated with a Mayan skirt cloth (Hand-woven on a waist loom, from Guatemala); and “Sarasvati,” a work integrating the Hindu deity of the rivers and the arts with a silk wrap (Ikat style, from Indonesia). The exhibit also includes a series of delicate paintings on vintage lace depicting mythical and historical women of achievement from around the world, including two pieces in tribute to the pioneers of the Women’s Movement in the US, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
“We are thrilled to host this artwork exhibition by Andrea Arroyo in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Superintendent Ami Ghazala. “This exhibition celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture and we are proud to be able to display it here at the park,” added Superintendent Ghazala.
The Women’s Rights NHP Visitor Center, located at 136 Fall Street in Seneca Falls, New York, is open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ms. Arroyo will present a gallery talk on September 27th from 1:30 – 3:00 PM. A reception with the artist will follow the gallery talk from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. The exhibition and the gallery talk are free and open to the public and are appropriate for all ages.
For more information, visit their website at www.nps.gov/wori or call (315) 568-0024. All sites within Women’s Rights National Historical Park are free and open to the public. Follow the park’s social media sites for Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
Illustrations provided by the artist: Above, “Aditi” (The Boundless, Sanskirt); and below, “Coatlicue” (Aztec Goddess).