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Armory and NBT Announce 100 Years | 100 Women Initiative

The project will commission 100 women to respond with art to the centennial of women’s suffrage.

NEW YORK CITY: Park Avenue Armory, with lead partner National Black Theatre, has invited 10 New York City-based cultural institutions to join a multidisciplinary initiative marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote. Called 100 Years | 100 Women, it is a two-part initiative that will commission 100 artists who self-identify as women to respond to this significant anniversary.

The project will launch on Feb. 15 as part of the Armory’s annual “Culture in a Changing America” symposium, where the commissioned artists will be announced. The culminating event will take place on May 16 in the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall and historic rooms.

“Chillin’ with Lady Liberty” by Renee Cox, 1998. (Courtesy Renee Cox)

The cohort of participating institutions includes the Apollo Theater; the Juilliard School; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; the Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University (Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Women.

“Bringing together some of our city’s most vibrant cultural organizations for this exciting initiative amplifies the Armory’s history of commissioning artists and convening creatives and thought leaders to engage around topical and challenging issues,” said Rebecca Robertson, founding president and executive producer of Park Avenue Armory, in a statement. “Through the Interrogations of Form series and other institutional programs like 100 Years | 100 Women, the Armory continues to shine a light on a diversity of narratives and to provide a space for artists and thinkers to explore pressing issues shaping our society. As we look back upon this critical moment in our nation’s history, supporting the creation of new work by some of the most innovative women artists working today allows us to creatively explore where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and the work that remains to be done.”

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