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#InstagramThis: 5 Feminist Exhibitions Featuring Female Artists in NYC

A recent study conducted by an “Arts in NYC” course at CUNY Guttman College revealed a huge gender discrepancy in New York City’s art world. Across 45 of the city’s top galleries, only 30% of their represented artists were female, while 70% were male.


In light of this shocking revelation, here are some exhibitions you can visit right now in New York City to celebrate the work of talented female artists. And what better way to celebrate and share their creativity than with an Instagram post?


Secret Garden: The Female Gaze on Erotica

“Unfocused” by Natasha Wright // via @untitledspaceny

When: On view through July 30, 2017

Where: The Untitled Space, 45 Lispenard Street Unit 1W

This group exhibition features a whopping 45 female-identifying artists! Through a diverse range of media, including printmaking, pottery, sculpture, collage, and video, these artists explore female sexuality with figurative works of nudes and erotic art.


A Becoming Resemblance

photo // via @fridmangallery

When: August 2 – September 5, 2017

Where: Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street

This powerful exhibition explores themes of identity and self-expression. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg used DNA extracted from Chelsea Manning’s cheek swabs and hair clippings to produce 3D printed portraits of her. With this exhibition, Chelsea, a transgender woman recently released from prison, is at last able to see herself as who she truly is. See her story and share her face.


Carol Rama: Antibodies

photo // via @jx10

When: On view through September 10, 2017

Where: New Museum, 235 Bowery

A self-taught artist, Carol Rama is known for her controversial depictions of sexuality, gender, and identity. Carol Rama: Antibodies brings together over 100 of the artist’s works of art in the largest presentation of her work in the U.S. to date! Catch this exhibition while you still can.


Past Skin

photo // via @ajk________

When: On view through September 10, 2017

Where: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens

In this interactive exhibition, six artists blur the boundary between technology, the environment, and the body in response to feminist and science historian Donna Haraway’s big question: “Why should our body end at the skin?” Visit MoMA PS1 and then share your thoughts with a ‘gram!


NSFW: Female Gaze

photo // via @lilyneon

When: On view through September 24, 2017

Where: Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue

This appropriately named exhibition at the Museum of Sex features 25 emerging female artists who tackle societal norms and pressures and create empowering, feminist art. We especially love Sophia Narrett’s stunning, hyper-feminine (and photogenic) embroidery art.


top photo // via @shona_mcandrew