We ecstatic dance protested our way into the most important contemporary art exhibition in the country.
Fuck what you heard. We just hijacked a whole floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. We rolled through a colossal museum’s doors 40 bitches deep with press already lined up to take notes. We passed out vaginal badges with utopian inscription to 600 unsuspecting museum goers, announcing, “Welcome to the Clitney Perennial, thank you for coming to our event.” We connected leagues of feminist collectives throughout NYC into a rhizomatic internet mafia that brought 400 people to convene around intersectional feminist politics (gender, race and class). In many ways the Clitney was like a temporary gift economy. Everyone offered up what they did best and practiced reciprocity and non-hierarchical organization. Meanwhile we ecstatic dance protested our way into the most important contemporary art exhibition in the country. We asserted our agency, claimed a space of our own, and pushed museum goers too look beneath the surface of the museum’s signature exhibition – challenging tokenism and calling for equal representation in the arts based on merit. We made history, together.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feminists Crash the Whitney
A Public Conversation At The Whitney Biennial
Art collectives to lead inclusive consciousness raising discussions
Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., 2nd floor galleries.
The Clitney Perennial is a rogue group conversation to be staged in the galleries of the Whitney Biennial. Impromptu conversations will be lead by members of art collectives, along with individual artists, writers and curators on the second floor of the Whitney Museum. The conversations are intended to raise awareness about the lack of diversity in the show as a microcosm of the larger art world.
Suzanne Lacy, renowned artist and activist endorses the event, “Clitney Perennial is hysterical, combining serious activism with engaging humor; I wish these feminists the best of luck!”
All museum attendees will be welcome to gather in small groups for feminist consciousness raising discussions. Conversations may conclude and re-form throughout the evening. Flowers available at the front door of the museum may be worn by all participants.
Discussion leaders include the following collectives and individuals:
Moon Church, Girls Against God, FlucT, Go! Push Pops, Slutist;
Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Katie Cercone, Asha Man, Melanie Bonajo, Nancy Azara, Mimi Balmori, Ivy Castellanos, Coco Dolle, Julia Fiorino, Rebecca Goyette, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Greem Jellyfish, Sigrid Lauren, Maura McHugh, Monica Mirabile, Julie Ann Nagle, Esther Neff, Samantha Osborne, Naomi Elena Ramirez, Kara L. Rooney, Kristen Korvette, Suzanne Stroebe, Sophia Wallace