For the New York project I partnered with artist Shinique Smith and the Brooklyn Museum. Below is their invitation.
Now Be Here #2, October 23, 2016, 9-11am
Dear Fellow Artist,
I am writing to invite you to participate in a unique event that I am organizing.
The idea is simple: a gathering and photographic portrait of New York’s female and female-identifying artists at the Brooklyn Museum.
In August, artist Kim Schoenstadt launched her Now Be Here project at Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles during the exhibition Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women: 1947 – 2016, in which I was honored to be included. This first gathering inspired 733 artists to come together for a historic group photograph documenting their presence.
Now, Kim continues this project in New York City, at the Brooklyn Museum, which is close to my heart, as it launches a season of programming in celebration of the ten year anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum.
Photographer Paola Kudacki will document our group portrait and Kim will be our guide on Sunday, October 23, 2016 for this initiative’s exciting New York iteration.
This last year, women’s issues and art practices have been on the forefront of creative and progressive action, and we have only just begun to scratch the surface of what the future holds for our community.
This is an opportunity for us to capture a moment where we stand together as women and artists, united together in all of our diversity.
RSVPs are required so we can organize appropriately—we encourage you to RSVP today, as space is limited to 1000 artists. A photograph of the entire group will be taken, and later available as an online archive; each participant will receive a link to the final photograph for her archives. The museum will open to the public at 11am and participating artists are invited to stay and view the exhibition Beverly Buchanan—Ruins and Rituals in its opening weekend.
I hope to see you at the Brooklyn Museum on October 23 at #NOWBEHERENYC2016.
Let’s show the world how we do things in New York!
Sunday October 23, 2016, 9-11am
Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY, 11238
Please enter via the front entrance.
Check-in: 9 – 10 am
Photograph: 10:30 am in the Beaux-Arts Court
RSVP is required: click here to RSVP Password: nowbehere
We ask that everyone RSVP as soon as possible for planning purposes. To ensure there is room in the Court for all the artists, this event is not posted publicly.
We encourage you to share this invitation with other female and female-identifying artists in New York City noting our capacity of 1,000 participants.
By participating in the event, you are agreeing to be photographed and allowing the museum to use your name and likeness in photographs and other recordings of this event.