She Says:¬

Women, Words and Power

July 15, 2021-October 24, 2021

Main Gallery

She Says: Women, Words and Power presents a broad range of approaches contemporary women artists are using with the incorporation of text as an essential part of their artistic practice. Each artist creates and reflects the written word as a formal building block: as way to convey trauma, to assert sexuality, or to investigate power structures on all levels. The artists come from a wide range of backgrounds and are at different stages of their lives and careers, yet, for each one text acts as a powerful visual punch. Their use of text navigates a delicate balance between image and language, personal and universal, or politics and poetry. In their investigations and declarations, we find connection, identity, and a mirror reflecting not only ourselves but the world in which we live.

Featured artists for this exhibition include April Bey, Zoë Buckman, Lesley Dill, Meg Hitchcock, Sandra Ramos, Hadieh Shafie, and Betty Tompkins.


"For each artist, text acts as a powerful visual punch."

Alison Byrne Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education

In studio with April Bey

Her Clique visited the Brooklyn-based artist in her studio to talk about what inspires her as a woman, as an artist, and as an activist. Buckman’s multidisciplinary art practice encompasses neon, sculpture, photography, poetry, and embroidery. Her work explores the themes of feminism, womanhood, and systems of oppression. For our collaboration, Buckman created a limited edition of 75 artworks on vintage handkerchiefs, which feature a poem excerpt by the artist, digitally and hand-embroidered in white thread. The artist also created a shorter edition of 3 vintage table runners, featuring her poem in full. Watch the video to learn more about the process and inspiration for this body of work.

Starring – Zoë Buckman Director – Celine Danhier Executive Producer – Izabela Depczyk Assistant Producer – Gabriela Strama Video by Bunny Lake Films

Video and text pulled from and Youtube.

From the Colmubus Museum – #MuseumFromHome with us as Hadieh Shafie describes the inspiration behind her work in The Columbus Museum’s permanent collection, “Saayeha 6,” 2017.


Presenting Sponsor:

PRA Group

The Summer of Women exhibitions are generously supported by PRA Group with additional support from Arleen Cohen, Susan and Andy Cohen in honor of their mothers Irene Fritsch and Lolly Cohen, Jodi and Jay Klebanoff, Southern Bank, and Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.