The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, December 15, 2018


Exhibition features women who challenged the Victorian ideal in 19th-century New York City
Thomas Nast, Get Behind Me (Mrs) Satan, 1872. Published in Harper's Weekly. Courtesy of the Museum of New York.


NEW YORK, NY.- Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism, on view at the Museum of the City of New York from July 17, 2018, through January 6, 2019, will explore the trailblazing women who challenged Victorian social norms in 19th-century New York City. Featuring photographs, garments, ephemera, and prints primarily drawn from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition will bring to light the compelling and often untold stories of these independent and unconventional women who had an indelible impact on New York’s society, culture, and economy by the turn of the 20th century.

The Victorian era is commonly known as a period of constraints on women’s lives—a time when white, middle-class ideas about femininity defined women by their roles as guardians of virtue and relegated them to the private, domestic sphere. During this era, a woman could be considered a rebel simply by speaking in public, working outside the home, or disregarding middle-class morality or decorum. Yet 19th-century New York City was full of women who defied those expectations in both overt and subtle ways.

“We are thrilled to present Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism which highlights a group of little-known but courageous women who changed New York City and the country during the 19th century,” said Whitney Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “At a time when the subject of women’s rights is at the forefront of a national conversation, this exhibition and Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics demonstrate the Museum’s commitment to documenting and celebrating the important contributions of women to the City’s history.”

Rebel Women will feature women of different classes, races, and ideologies who challenged these social attitudes including Elizabeth Jennings Graham (1827–1901), an African–American New Yorker who refused to get off a segregated trolley in 1854; Hetty Green (1834–1916), a successful stock broker branded "The Witch of Wall Street," who went on to become one of the richest people in the country; Helen Jewett (1813–1836), New York's most prominent courtesan who—before her sensationalized murder—turned a shunned profession into a source of power; and Adah Isaacs Menken (1835–1868), a gender-bending actress and poet who was an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and who supported a woman’s right not to marry.

"Rebel Women, my capstone project, has provided me an excellent opportunity to not only share my academic research on 19th-century women, but also highlight some of the many women that have been relegated to the margins of history,” said the exhibition’s curator Marcela Micucci. “I am grateful to the Museum of the City of New York and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for helping me bring these stories to light in both Rebel Women and Beyond Suffrage."

Also featured in the exhibition will be more well-known figures who entered public life with a political agenda, demanding women’s rights as social activists or as politicians, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), and Victoria Woodhull (1838–1927). The exhibition will also highlight pioneers for women in professional careers in medicine and journalism like Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward (1847–1918), the first African–American female doctor licensed in New York, and the groundbreaking investigative reporter Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (1864–1922), a.k.a “Nellie Bly.” A section of the exhibition will focus on the women who operated in, and profited from, an underworld of vice, crime, and sex in the city, specifically Sophie Lyons, a talented pickpocket who became an artful “confidence woman,” using her intellect and beauty to steal from wealthy men, and Ann Trow Lohman (1812–1878), a.k.a “Madame Restell,” the most successful and infamous birth control provider of her era who earned the title “The Wickedest Woman in New York.”

These women broke with convention in gender-specific ways and forged a new space for themselves and others in New York society.

The exhibition is organized by Dr. Marcela Micucci, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York.





Today's News

July 17, 2018

Artemis Gallery will auction more than 400 lots of fine antiquities and ethnographic art

Christie's London Classic Week sales in July collectively realised $95,809,981

LACMA opens the first North American survey of 3D objects and practices

Exhibition presents iPhone and iPad drawings and new 'Photographic Drawings' by David Hockney

Rare portrait of William Moseley II on view for the first time since 1897

Nationalmuseum Sweden acquires three landscapes by travelling German artists

Exhibition features women who challenged the Victorian ideal in 19th-century New York City

The Whitney opens a group exhibition featuring seven mid-career and emerging Latinx artists

Saint Louis Art Museum promotes Jeanette Fausz to Assistant Director

State museum displays 19th century tomahawk recently returned to museum's collections

Democracy Anew? The PinchukArtCentre opens a major international group exhibition

Nohra Haime Gallery opens exhibition of works by Gregg Louis

Camden Arts Centre opens The first exhibition of Mathematics in the UK by Peter Fraser

Influences & inspirations in Indian textiles, 1947-2017 explored in exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra

European ArtEast Foundation announces winners of three research grants

MUIR + OPENWORK announced as winner of 2018 NGV Architecture Commission

Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles available through Heritage Auctions

New retrospective exhibit celebrates the work and life of artist Alberto Mijangos

Erick Antonio Benitez wins 2018 Sondheim Artscape Prize

Qatar Museums unveils installation by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel at Hamad International Airport

Chelsea Arts Club opens exhibition of works by Alex Manolatos

H&H Classics appoint Helen Bashford-Malkie as Corporate Ambassador

Phillips hosts sneaker exhibition in New York

21c to unveil new location in Kansas City revitalizing the historic Savoy Hotel and Grill

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- The Morgan receives a major Renoir drawing unseen for over 50 years

2.- Recording console built by Elvis Costello and used to record Stairway to Heaven stars at Bonhams sale

3.- On December 9, estate jewelry & more goes up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals

4.- French museum chief hits back at call to return African art

5.- David Castillo Gallery to present works by a stellar group of artists at Art Basel Miami Beach

6.- Ancient Chinese painting auctioned for almost $60 million at Christie's Hong Kong

7.- Exploring the watery remains of France's sunken Roman port of Olbia

8.- Exhibition examines eroticism in paintings and drawings of the male and female nude

9.- Thieves nab Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting from Vienna auction house

10.- Israeli archaeologists unveil rare stone mask dating to the Neolithic



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful