The Feminist Art Coalition, created in 2017 from an idea of Apsara DiQuinzo – Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) – unites art and activism in a network that involves artistic institution and that works in support of feminist practices.
At the time its constitution was announced, about 50 organisations joined the Feminist Art Coalition, now the number has almost doubled, and includes entities active throughout the whole United States, on a local, state and national level.
The project, inaugurated in the aftermath of the Women’s March of 21 January 2017, encourages the knowledge of contemporary feminism, and since its creation has welcomed the participation of over 90 institutions that design and program exhibitions and events on ever-current topics, with the aim of generating reflective thinking and triggering important changes within both society and the art world.
Supported and financed by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the FAC had planned numerous events for 2020, but they have unfortunately been postponed due to the global pandemic. Amongst these events was the exhibition curated by the founder Apsara DiQuinzio – New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century – now rescheduled from 25 August 2021 to 30 January 2022.
«There are many different definitions of feminism, both past and present, so FAC prefers to use the term as a plural. Feminism is no longer a singular concept, it embraces and encompasses many different forms of thought and overtures to cultural change» | FAC
Not just exhibitions and events
In addition to constantly updated exhibitions and collaborations, the Feminist Art Coalition platform holds numerous online resources including essays, videos dedicated to artists and their work, reading recommendations on books about the connection between art and feminism as well as themed quotes.
The essays – commissioned by the FAC itself to writers, artists and educators – are available for download, the collection currently includes contributions by Jack Halberstam, Saidiya Hartman, Peggy Phelan and Trinh T. Minh-ha, but Notes on Feminisms is an ongoing series constantly evolving, and in time it will certainly hold much more.
The aim of the Feminist Art Coalition
The Feminist Art Coalition «takes feminist thought and practice as a starting point and considers art as a catalyst for civic discourse and engagement.» As stated on the project’s official website, «Motivated by the ethical imperative to implement change and promote equality within our institutions and beyond, these collective projects will support inclusive and equitable access to social, cultural and economic resources for people of all genders, sexualities, race, ethnicities, classes, ages and abilities. This cooperative effort creates a series of projects that together form a cultural space of commitment, reflection and action while recognising the many diversities and multiple feminisms».
Translated by Ludovica Sarti