Aidekman Arts Center / Medford
September 8, 2020—March 2021
To mark the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ensured women the right to vote, we are highlighting feminist actions and histories here at Tufts. Over the past six decades, Tufts students, staff, and faculty have educated, protested, and organized to fight for evolving modes of feminist thought—from first-and third-wave feminism that pushed for women’s equal rights to intersectional feminism that called for racial and gender equity across campus and the curriculum—work that is still very much ongoing.
While succinct, this installation sets artworks from female graduates of Tufts/SMFA alongside posters and ephemera gathered from faculty and students documenting key moments in the schools’ histories—including the founding of the Women’s Center and of the Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies Department. Through these objects, the exhibition explores the ideologies of body rights, inclusivity, and solidarity and the importance of gender and sexuality programs in academia.
The evolution of feminisms is continuous and affects each of us differently. While this exhibition encompasses only a few of the stories from Tufts University, we invite you to consider how feminisms have impacted your life, using the art as a gateway to self-reflection.
Organized by Abigail Lynn, AG21, Graduate Fellow, Tufts University Art Galleries