I’m getting this to you on the tardy side… but you can still be involved as the deadline for the art is March 1, 2014.
“(EN)GENDERED (IN)EQUITY: THE GALLERY POSTER PROJECT”
The Gallery Tally Poster project now includes 350 artists, and counting! It has garnered lots of great attention, and is growing by the day. I hope you will join us, and be part of history!
Below is the long explanation of the project and here is, the short description of what you to do get involved: -join the google doc with the statistics for LA and NY galleries. (Micol will send you an invite to the doc via email – which email do you prefer to use?) -pick a gallery for which you’d like to make a poster. -make a poster that is 24″ x 36″ (any medium, any style) that somehow visualizes the statistics of male and female artists at the gallery you’ve chosen. -mail or drop it off to Micol by March 1st. (her office is 221 Moulton Center) -Mark your calendar for the opening of the poster project exhibition at For Your Art on March 29th! Let me know what questions you have!
-Micol Hebron firstname.lastname@example.org
PROJECT SUMMARY: Gallery Tally is a crowd-sourced, social engagement art project in which 300+ artists from around the world have joined the effort to collect and visualize statistical data regarding ratios of male and female artists in top contemporary art galleries. Artists were invited to make one posters for each gallery, in whatever style or medium they chose. All posters are 24” x 36”. We started with galleries in Los Angeles. We are now in the second phase of the project, which is focusing on galleries in New York. Subsequent visualizations will include Berlin, London, Chicago, Santa Fe, Portland, Pittsburg, and other cities.
THE CALL for PARTICIPATION: We invite you to design and print/produce a poster that represents the gender statistics of one of the top commercial, contemporary art galleries on the list attached. Posters must be 2’ x 3’ (either horizontal or vertical orientation) and can be any medium – digital, photographic, drawing, collage, etc. For the next phase of the project, we need posters in-hand by March 1, 2014.
According to the US Census, 50.15% of the population in Los Angeles is female. Undergraduate BA and BFA programs in studio are approximately 80% female, and 20% male. On average, MFA programs in the U.S. are approximately 60% female, 40% male. In Los Angeles, 70% of the artists represented in the top 100 galleries are male.
The Gallery Tally poster project follows a strategically collaborative working model that has been common among feminists and activists for decades. A collaboration among artists results in the creation of a horizontal or rhisomatic labor structure, rather than a hierarchical (and patriarchal) one. We have engaged in a positive, creative response to this very negative data. The data has provided an opportunity to build a new community of concerned and engaged citizens in the art world, and to showcase each individual artist’s creative voice within the group collaboration. It is a response and alternative to the hegemonic, hierarchical, patriarchal, heteronormative ‘standard’ that has unjustly dominated the art world for far too long.
While it is a common assumption that there is a male-biased imbalance in gender representation in the art world, the data – the actual numbers of artists– have not been visualized and publicized since the Guerrilla Girls’ efforts in the 1980s. (Though the artists of the Gallery Tally project are NOT anonymous).
The fact that so many artists from so many cities are involved is indication of the significance, impact, and current relevance of this issue. By raising questions about the simple(ified) gender ratios (male/female), other concerns are immediately raised. What about: Representation of queer artists? Artists of color? Disabled artists? Older artists?
By posing the simple question of male/female ratios, many other questions quickly arose, though none of these questions were new. (sales, grad school, magazine ads, collectors…) as did interest in doing this project in other cities. There are now cohorts in Santa Fe, Philadelphia, New York, Berlin, and London who have begun to count.
HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF THE PROJECT: Since 2011 Micol Hebron has been conducting informal research on gender statistics in the art world – by counting Art Forum ads, or by noting the number of male and female artists in exhibition rosters, award lists, etc. In summer 2013, she posted a chart that tallied 50 galleries in Los Angeles. The immediate and substantial response from the community indicated an interest in the data, and Hebron opened the project to expansion by inviting participants to crowd-source continued research. Within 2 weeks, nearly 200 people had joined the project, and the posters were under way
The first batch of 75 posters were exhibited in a group exhibition “Margin Release Right”, curated by Kio Griffith at West LA College Gallery in December 2013.
SEE THE POSTERS! To learn more about the project, you can visit the sites below:
TUMBLR PAGE Gallery Tally Tumblr: Calling for gender equity in the art world www.GalleryTally.tumblr.com
GOOGLE Doc (where we are collecting and tallying data): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArTdfB5ylrm4dE8tSk45Zkhudm12azdmVlRBS1BmYUE&usp=sharing
Media Mentions: The project has gotten a lot of great press so far, and there is more in the near future.
Artillery Magazine (cover story!): http://artillerymag.com/super-inequality/
Huffington Post, Carrie Yury: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-yury/la-gallery-tally-calling-_b_4102116.html
Blouin Artinfo, by Ashton Cooper: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/975026/guerrilla-girl-kathe-kollwitz-on-left-coast-inequality
Site95 Magazine, Ross McDonnell (forthcoming)
Vs. Magazine, Shana Nys Dambrot (forthcoming)
Additional data that we would ultimately like to collect, tally, and visualize :
The number of solo shows for women artists vs. male artists in top museums The amount of money made from sales of women vs. men at top galleries The number of articles written about women artists –in the NYT, LA times, Art Forum, etc. The number of artists of color in each of these galleries The number of LGBTQ artists in these galleries The number of disabled artists The number of women vs. men in grad art (MFA) programs The number of women vs. men in undergrad art (BA and BFA) programs. The ratio of male/female collectors The ratio of male/female artists in top private collections The number of male/female gallery owners Museum directors Professors in art programs
POSTER MAKERS INCLUDE:
Kelly Thompson Elizabeth Leister Kelsey Hart Denise Johnson Bridget Kane Sydney Snyder April Friges Katie Herzog Rebecca Niederlander Christy Roberts, Megan Geckler Safi Alia Shabaik Christy Roberts Mara Lonner Kate Hoffman Micol Hebron Rebecca Niederlander Serena Potter Patricia Burns Maura McHugh Julie Russo Dan Levenson Debra Bianculli Annetta Kapon Chie Yamayoshi, Megan Geckler April Friges Calvin Phelps Karyl Newman Safi Alia Shabaik Siobhan Hebron Rebecca Trawick Stephanie Allespach Claudia Parducci Susan Lizotte Dominic Quagliozzi Siobhan Hebron Megan Geckler Malado Francine Baldwin Michelle Carla Handel Christina McPhee Mary Anna Pomonis Robin Hextrum Alexander Pohnert Shalini Sanjay Patel Rebecca Niederlander Chie Yamayoshi Sydney Snyder Danielle McCullough Sofia Londono Lisa Oxley Coco Lopez Serena Potter Patricia Burns Megan Flanders Kristy Lovich Sarah Williams Madeline Stone Cindy Rehm Maddie Stone Jenée Jernigan Susan Lizotte Sarah Manuwal Rachelle Rojany Sydney Snyder Anonymous Mike Dee Janne Larsen Jacqueline Bell Johnson Mara Lonner Calvin Phelps Dominic Quagliozzi Rebecca Niederlander Rebecca Niederlander Kelly Thompson, Susan Weber, Walt Hall Collaboration Danielle McCullough Danielle McCullough Micol Hebron Kohl King Denis Johnson Christy Roberts Ladan Yalzadeh Rebecca Niederlander Rebecca Trawick Theo Niarchos Elizabeth Tremante Dan Levenson/Danielle McCullough Danielle McCullough Carrie Yury, Rebecca Trawick Edith Abeyta/Marjan Vayghan And many more! See our facebook group for a full list of participants in this project!