21c Museum Hotel Nashville presents The Future is Female

21c Nashville’s latest exhibition examines the legacy and persistence of the struggle for gender equality through a multi-media exhibition of contemporary feminist art.

Nashville, TN, July 25th 2022 – Today 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, the unique art museum and hotel hybrid, announced plans to launch the newest exhibit to take residence at the boutique property - The Future is Female. Reflecting the ongoing influence of feminist art of the 1970’s, the exhibit will include over eighty works encompassing both nationally and locally renowned artists. Known for their revolving collection of contemporary art, 21c Museum Hotels traditionally rotate exhibits between their 9 properties every twelve to eighteen months. After the pandemic shutdowns of 2020, the hotels delayed all exhibit installations and changes until accessibility reopened for travel. This exhibit will be available throughout the Main Gallery of 21c and throughout galleries on the 1st and 2nd floor representing 10,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The affirmation of the self as subject and the prevalence of craft-based practices such as sewing, weaving, embroidery, and appliqué in today’s art reflects the ongoing influence of feminist art of the 1970s. Artists such as Judy Chicago, Mira Schor, Martha Rosler, Adrian Piper, Howardena Pindell, Faith Wilding, and others merged art and activism, elevating everyday materials, methods, and experiences to challenge conventional notions about how and why and where art is created and consumed. The broad range of media and subject matter presented reflects the ongoing influence of the art of the second-wave women’s liberation movement, which engendered unprecedented cultural change, shifting art-making out of the isolated studio and hallowed institutions into both more intimate domestic and broader public spheres. The ensuing transformation ushered in generations of artists addressing identity, the body, and the validation of personal experience. Today, feminist artists remain at the forefront of illuminating inequality and discrimination due to gender, race, and sexual identity, issues which often intersect with economic and ecological crises. Investigating history, mythology, identity, ecology, consumerism, and power, The Future is Female will feature over 80 works in a by artists from all across the globe, such as Melanie Bonajo, Zoe Buckman, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Vibha Galhotra, Frances Goodman, Jenny Holzer, Frida Orupabo, Deborah Roberts, Alison Saar, Kiki Smith, Saya Woolfalk, and others, revealing both the legacy and the persistence of the struggle for equality and inclusion. In addition to Campos-Pons, the exhibition includes works by three other Nashville-based artists: Jodi Hays, Benjy Russell, and Vadis Turner.

The Future is Female, 21c Nashville’s latest exhibition, opens to the public with a reception on Saturday, August 27th, 2022. A special presentation by featured artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons will follow introductory remarks by 21c Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Curated by Museum Director and Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, The Future is Female will be on view at 21c Nashville through June 2023.

“’The Future is Female’” first appeared during the 1970s on a t-shirt designed for a women’s bookstore in New York City,” says Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites. “Over the last few years, the phrase has re-emerged on clothing, social media, and various other platforms, reflecting and inspiring a reconsideration of what these terms—female, and future—mean. While acceptance of gender fluidity is greater today, inclusion and equal rights remain contentious and contested issues. The work of the artists featured in this exhibition envision resistance, transformation, and progress.”