Contents in this article have been taken from a press release and published with permission from Karen Gutfreund, co-curator of “F213” and an exhibiting artist.
F213 is short for Fahrenheit 213, one degree above the boiling point of blood. This powerful exhibition by Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA) brings together over 40 national and Bay Area feminist artists who are, in a unique twist, paired with more than 40 writers who are incensed about the current misogyny, discrimination, and loss of hard-won civil rights in the United States, such as reproductive choice, freedom from unlawful detention, protection from police brutality, safety from gun violence, and more.
The exhibition will take place at Arc Gallery in San Francisco, CA from April 13th through May 11, 2019.
Women are rising. In unprecedented numbers and with ever-increasing volume, women are taking their outrage to the streets, to the press, and to the ballot box. As more and more women are openly voicing their fury about state-sanctioned abuses of power, the exhibition F213 spotlights strong and bold artistic expressions of feminist protest.
Curated by NCWCA’s feminist curatorial collective — Tanya Augsburg, PHD, (lead curator), Professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University; Karen Gutfreund, Priscilla Otani and Sawyer Rose, co-curators; and Ariana Davi, curatorial apprentice. F213 brings together a diverse and inclusive mix of multicultural, intersectional, multigenerational feminist artists and writers to express their concerns and offer insights to remedy current injustices and atrocities.
Statement by Tanya Augsburg, lead curator: “While we remain hopeful, we reject ‘thoughts and prayers’ as adequate responses to the corruption, cruelty, and discrimination we now experience daily in the U.S. Women, in particular, are past the boiling point and wish to make their voices heard. Artistic expression is our way forward toward social justice.”
Statement by Karen Gutfreund about “Suffer the Children” shown above — “Not our kids”… Our xenophobic, racist President and Fox News Friends state the asylum seekers are “murderers, rapists, diseased, terrorists” and “we have to break up families.” Just as with the brown, Muslim children in the Middle East, living a nightmare that seems will never end, these brown kids at the border, they aren’t ours. If they looked like the Gerber Baby—pale skin, blonde hair and blue eyed—it’d be an entirely different story.”
Amy Ahlstrom, Salma Arastu, Micah Bazant, Lorraine Bonner, Della Calfee, Indira Cesarine, Lenore Chinn, Parker Day, Justyne Fischer, Kelly Hammargren, Trudi Chamoff Hauptman, Ester Hernandez, Nancy Hom, Karen Gutfreund, Judy Johnson-Williams, Kay Kang, Kate Kretz, Karen LeCocq, Kristine Mays, Rosemary Meza Des Plas, Geri Montano, Patricia A. Montgomery, Laura Murray, Aqsa Naveed, Brenda Oelbaum, Priscilla Otani, Sheila Pree Bright, Favianna Rodriguez, Sawyer Rose, Sheree Rose, Rachel Sager, Kadie Salfi, Gigi Salij, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Mira Schor, Judy Shintani, Sarupa Sidaarth, Jennifer Kim Sohn, Colette Standish, Samanta Tello, Sandra Yagi.
Melinda Alexander, Lauren Araiza, Chimine Arfuso, Natasha Boas, Lorraine Bonner, Maria Elena Buszek, Sandra Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Meriwether Clarke, Daniel B. Coleman, Karen Crews Hendon, Burcu Doleneken, Sally Edelstein, Audrey Ferber, Rebecca M. Frank, Thaisa Frank, Sharon Gelman, Erica Goss, Likisha Griffin, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Yetta Howard, Susan Kirshbaum, Petra Kuppers, Berette Macaulay, Anna Mantzaris, Khadijah O. Miller, Tyler Mills, Janice Mirikitani, Christine No, Peggy Phelan, Shannon Rose Riley, Emily Sano,Helene Smith Romer, Mira Schor, Maw Shein Win, Genanne Walsh, Bridget Wagner, Tanya Wilkinson, Nellie Wong, Brianna Wu, Ani Zonneveld.
About NCWCA: Founded in 1972 Women’s Caucus for Art is an affiliate society of the College Art Association and founding partner of the Feminist Art Project. The Northern California Women’s Caucus is one of its earliest chapters, formed in 1973. It is one of four California chapters and serves members in San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay, Marin and all parts of Northern California. Our Mission is to create community through art, education and social activism.