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BeBe Shopp illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Miss America Partners with Rowan University

Miss America Partners with Rowan University for 100th Anniversary Archival Project

With an eye on history and ideals of beauty, students digitize Miss America archives

“There she is…”

One hundred years of artifacts from the Miss America Competition—from jeweled crowns and velvet capes to programs, photographs, judges’ books, oil paintings, films, and business records—tell more than the story of the competition.

They also provide a rich look at both American and New Jersey history and help illustrate how ideas surrounding beauty and women’s roles in society have changed over a century. 

Now, through a unique partnership with the Miss America Organization, Rowan University students are sifting through the organization’s expansive archives and digitizing the artifacts. Their work, currently underway in the Digital Scholarship Center at Campbell Library, will be the cornerstone of the new Rowan Digital Collections.

Scholars worldwide eventually will have access to the artifacts through the archive, hosted by Rowan Libraries.

Currently, the massive Miss America collection is tucked away in storage in South Jersey. The storage contains a treasure trove of floor-to-ceiling artifacts from the competition.

The Miss America Organization will continue to retain the physical artifacts. But the digitization, which began with program books and some oil paintings of former winners, will ensure the artifacts are categorized and documented–and available widely to future scholars.

The preservation partnership was orchestrated by University administrators, who were approached by the Miss America Organization.

‘An enduring feature of American culture’

“We’re excited Rowan is doing this, and we’re thrilled the University sees value in this project,” says Shantel Krebs, chair of the board and interim president and CEO of the Miss America Organization.

“This is New Jersey history. The digitization project will help others learn more about the quintessential competition and its evolution from a ‘bather’s revue’ into a nationally recognized non-profit that offers scholarship assistance and helps thousands of young women from America to improve their communities through service.”

The project will be a crucial resource to scholars and students, notes College of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Nawal Ammar.  

“The Miss America competition has been an enduring feature of American culture, producing idealized images of female beauty and achievement,” says Ammar.

“However, the pageant also has been a space to challenge those images, both inside and outside the competition hall. This collection will be an invaluable source for the study of American history, culture, women’s history, business history, media studies, and many other topics.”

Project manager Katie Turner, a professor of history and American Studies, says Rowan students working on digitization are gaining first-hand experience of the archival process. 

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get their hands on history and to really see what goes into making a collection,” adds Turner. “Everything today is digitized for students. They often don’t get to see and touch historical documents. When you sift through paper and do research in an archive, there’s a real commitment to the work.”

Founded as a bather’s revue by businessmen in 1921 as a gimmick to lengthen the summer tourist season in Atlantic City by capitalizing on popular American ideals of female beauty, the competition in its early years was often a steppingstone for women who wanted to pursue show business careers. More than 100,000 people swarmed onto the Atlantic City Boardwalk the first year to watch 16-year-old Margaret Gorman be crowned.

Candidates in the 1920s were rated by judges on everything from the construction of their heads to their “grace of bearing” to their eyes, hair, torso, and hands. Every measurement—from ankles to biceps to head—was recorded by judges and assessed on a points system.

By the 1950s, the competition, under the leadership of Lenora Slaughter, the program’s director for more than 25 years, had been transformed into a source of scholarships for contestants. In 1958, more than $200,000 in scholarships were awarded.

A crown jewel for Atlantic City.

But the competition, a crown jewel for Atlantic City, has not been devoid of controversy. In 1968, it was the site of the first major women’s liberation protest in the United States, when the New York Radical Women, some 400 strong, protested on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. They maintained that the competition objectified women and upheld female stereotypes.

Protestors through the years also objected to the program’s exclusion of women of color. The first Black Miss America, Vanessa Williams, was crowned in 1983—more than 60 years after the competition’s founding.

That isn’t lost on Rowan senior English and writing arts major Destiny Hall, who is working on digitization. She started with the 1984 Miss America magazine, where Williams is featured prominently. Hall, a women’s and gender studies minor, says work on the project has been eye-opening as she explores her own views of feminism.

“Part of being a feminist is allowing women to be whatever they want to be. I have a complicated history with Miss America. In the beginning, I saw it as sexist. Now, I see it as a celebration of womanhood. Many of these women compete to further their careers,” says Hall, 22, who will attend graduate school at Columbia University in the fall as she pursues a career writing fiction for women.

“Through this project, I feel like I’m preserving history and I really appreciate that. It’s important to have this information and to have access to it.”

Freshman English major Grace Fox, who is pursuing the Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Concentration in the Honors College, is digitizing program books.

“I’m hoping I’ll find one nugget…something nobody knows about,” says Fox. “I’m definitely looking at the advertisements, the kinds of products they marketed, the images of fashion. There’s so much value in this work. It’s so applicable to things we talk about in class, including how societal views on women’s bodies are enmeshed in the culture we see.”

Robert Hilliker, interim associate provost and director of research engagement and scholarship at Rowan Libraries, and Michael Benson, digital scholarship specialist, are overseeing the digitization work. Additionally, Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication Director Julie Haynes, whose research focuses on depictions of gender in popular culture, is involved in the project.

About the collection

While programs, photos, and other ephemera are being scanned, other artifacts, such as crowns, trophies, and a Waterford scepter carried by winners, will be photographed. Scores of oil paintings and sketches of winners, including some sketches by renowned portrait artist Everett Kintsler, whose work includes official White House portraits of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, will be digitized under the guidance of Rowan art historians.

Rowan’s Department of Radio/Television/Film may assist in digitizing hundreds of films and slides, some of which were donated by shore-area residents who religiously attended the annual Miss America parade on the Boardwalk.

“Prioritization of the digitization will be quite a project,” Hilliker notes. “The collection is so special from an archivist’s standpoint because it contains varied materials. That will make for some interesting research projects, but it also presents a lot of technical challenges. For our students, this project certainly will be an excellent apprenticeship in digital preservation.”

The collection is an eclectic mix.

The same storage that currently houses the unwieldy Golden Mermaid trophy, presented in the early 1920s to the winner, also includes the crown of 1955 winner Lee Meriwether, who went on to a successful television career. Then Miss California, Meriwether was the first Miss America to be crowned on television, an event that drew 27 million viewers.

Stars flocked to the competition over the years. Grace Kelly was a judge. Marilyn Monroe was the grand marshal of the parade in 1952. Eddie Fischer was a host before Bert Parks, famed singer of the “There She Is” Miss America theme, emceed for 24 years.

The collection also includes Slaughter’s personal scrapbooks. Some of her other papers are housed at the Smithsonian Institution.

Some of the artifacts, such as the film of Meriwether being crowned, were lost during an Atlantic City Nor’easter some years ago. That makes the digitization project particularly valuable, Krebs notes.

BeBe Shopp, Miss America 1948, says she’s delighted Rowan students are preserving Miss America’s legacy.

“This will make it easier for anyone to view our history and learn how Miss America has grown and become even more vital to young women today,” says Shopp, who represented Minnesota in the competition. “This is important. What an experience the students must be having combing through hundreds of thousands of documents and learning about our past. At my age, I’m thrilled that they are going to preserve me for ages to come.”

Supporting the archival work

The Miss America Organization has established a campaign to help fund the digitization project and preserve the thousands of artifacts in the organization’s 100-year history. Visit the organization’s funding site to learn more about supporting the work.

Women's Month 360 Magazine by Heather Skovlund

Celebrating the Women of Mango

Writing women back into history has been a top priority at Mango Media since day one. With the majority of our authors being women- including best selling authors Marlene Wagman-Geller, M.J. Fievre and Becca Anderson, we pride ourselves in amplifying the female narrative. From experiencing zero gravity with Kellie Gerardi to finding out that the first recorded poet was a woman from Becca Anderson, we have all learned so much from the powerful women we have surrounded ourselves with. If you are interested in receiving a book for review or interviewing one of our authors, please reach out and join us in the discovery and advocacy of HERstory.

Happy Women’s History Month!

Women Events to Empower

Women & Environment Workshop

March 21 – 9 am PST/12 pm EST

Join author of Like a Tree, Jean Shinoda Bolen and The General Congress of Women for this monthly workshop where women come together to use their knowledge and voices to elevate each of the 12 Interrelated Critical Areas of Concern through the lens of our interdependence.

Living the Faery Life Workshop

March 21 – 4 pm PST/ 7 pm EST

Join Kac Young for her Living the Faery Life Workshop hosted by New Renaissance Bookshop! Learn all about the magical world of faeries and how to bring the magic into everyday.

Recharge this Spring with Polly Campbell

March 31 – 12 pm PST/ 3 pm EST

Join Polly Campbell, author of You, Recharge, to bring in the spring with renewed energy and learn practical strategies to recharge yourself for overall well-being. Check out this event with New Renaissance Bookshop!

Not Necessarily Rocket Science
April 10 at 11 am PST/ 2 pm EST

Join Kellie Gerardi, author of Not Necessarily Rocket Science, with The Museum of Flight as she takes us on a tour of this unique window in history. The event offers an inside look into the commercial spaceflight industry and all those working to democratize access to space and tee up a golden age of spaceflight for scientists, students, and tourists alike!

Inspiring Mango Authors

When Women Run the World Sh&t Gets Done: Celebrating the Power of Women Now by Shelly Rachanow

Packed with stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things, this book is a must-have for any woman who has ever dreamt of a better world. Shelly Rachanow’s book is full of powerful, courageous women who are getting vitally important sh*t done. Dive into this empowering narrative and read about a trauma surgeon working to stem the epidemic of gun violence, a professor who ran for office to provide a better role model for her sons, an educator raising India’s poorest girls out of poverty, teens fighting for clean water to inspiring future generations, a group of firefighters training to trek across Antarctica to raise awareness for mental health and show young girls that they are strong and can be anything they choose, and activists from around the world fighting the injustices of inequality and patriarchy. One small action can inspire a movement. As these women have shown, a movement can change minds…and ultimately the world. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Women of Interest: The Ultimate Book of Women’s Trivia by Alicia Alvrez

 One of the most fascinating trivia books for women. Did you know that women outnumber men by five to one in shoplifting convictions? Or that researchers at Northwestern University found that men change their minds two to three times more than women? Women of Interest spans history, crosses cultures, ranges from the silly to the salacious to the truly useful, and back again. Designed to delight the feminist in you, this outrageously funny book is organized into ten trivia-filled chapters covering all sorts of humorous histories and fun facts. Ideal for trivia games for adults or feminist gifts, now women really can know everything.

Feminist, funny gifts for women. It’s time to challenge that know-it-all girlfriend, or grab the ultimate bathroom reader for your feminist BFF. Whether you’re searching for feminist books or trivia books, Women of Interest makes a wonderful addition to trivia games and bookshelves alike. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience by M.J. Fivevre

Even strong, fearless, and badass Black girls and Black women need affirmations. Now more than ever, we need to practice the art of self-care and give our minds and bodies the TLC they deserve. Author of Badass Black Girl and Happy, Okay? M.J. Fievre brings you inspirational words of wisdom through fabulous Black female trailblazers who have changed the world including Audre Lorde, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Davis.

Take a deep breath. We don’t always have to be strong. Sometimes, taking a break to focus on our mental health is bravery in itself. We find ourselves needing reminders that we are incredible and more than enough. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens by M.J. Fivevre

Affirmations for strong, fearless Black girls. Wisdom from Badass Black female trailblazers who accomplished remarkable things in literature, entertainment, education, STEM, business, military and government services, politics and law, activism, sports, spirituality, and more.

Explore the many facets of your identity through hundreds of big and small questions. In this journal designed for teenage Black girls, MJ Fievre tackles topics such as family and friends, school and careers, body image, and stereotypes. By reflecting on these topics, you confront the issues that can hold you back from living your best life and discovering your Black girl bliss. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Raising the Resistance: A Mother’s Guide to Practical Activism by Farrah Alexander

On the intersection of feminism and motherhood. Mothers are a force to be reckoned with. After the Women’s March and midterm elections, moms have surely secured their spot in today’s feminist movement. But for those who aren’t ready to make a bid for the presidency, the way forward can seem daunting and unclear. Whether it’s correcting a misinformed family member about gender equality or running for political office, this bold and accessible primer presents active parents with different types of activism they can incorporate into their parenting, no matter how big or small. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Dads for Daughters: How Fathers Can Give their Daughters a Better, Brighter, Fairer Future by Michelle Travis

Today’s dads are raising confident, empowered daughters who believe they can achieve anything. But the world is still profoundly unequal, with workplaces built by men, a massive gender pay gap, and deeply-ingrained gender stereotypes. Dads For Daughters: How Fathers Can Give Girls a Better, Brighter, Fairer Future offers father’s guidance for building a more equal world for their daughters.

Invest in your daughter’s future. Inspired by their daughters, dads are uniquely positioned to become powerful allies for girls and women. That’s where Dads For Daughters can help. With this book, you’ll find concrete strategies for creating a better tomorrow for the girls and women in your life. The text includes inspiring stories from dads of daughters who are already having an impact. Get resources for becoming a stronger male ally in your workplace and community, and advice for engaging other men in gender equality efforts. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson

Discover some of the most awesome women in history. Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women! Sheroes. Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the twenty first century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world.

From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today’s women warriors in sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become the super women of the future. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Book of Awesome Women Writers: Medieval Mystics, Pioneering Poets, Fierce Feminists and First Ladies of Literature by Becca Anderson
A packed timeline of the greatest women writers. From the first recorded writer to current bestsellers, Becca Anderson takes us through time and highlights women who have left their mark on the literary world. This expansive compilation of women writers is a chance to delve deeper into the lives and works of renowned authors, and learn about some lesser known greats as well. Some of the many women writers you will love learning about are: Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Judy Blume, Rachel Carson, Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Mead, Joyce Carol Oates, and many, many more.

Explore every subject and literary form women writers have to offer. The works of these awesome women writers vary greatly―each is as unique and significant as the women who penned them. With the help of writers, editors, librarians, booksellers, and more, Anderson has crafted a must-read book for women of every background. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Fabulous Female Firsts: The Trailblazers Who Led the Way by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Societal mores of sexism and misogyny have kept generations of women on the sidelines of history. But in every era, there are women who refuse to sit back in the shadows. Fabulous Female Firsts is a celebration of those women―the role models who proved that with enough daring and tenacity, the impossible can become possible.

Enough is Not Enough. That’s what she said. From rebel girls who refused to let their wings be clipped to the suffragettes who claimed new space for women, each trailblazer in this collection of biographies pushed the boundaries for what was possible for women in their time, even if it meant being seen as stubborn, improper, or a trainwreck. This book is in praise of “difficult women” who made the world a better place. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

Fabulous Women in STEM

Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age by Kellie Gerardi

Follow aerospace science professional Kellie Gerardi’s non-traditional path in the space industry as she guides and encourages anyone who has ever dreamed about stars, the solar system, and the galaxies in space.

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in outer space? In this candid science memoir and career guide, Gerardi offers an inside look into the industry beginning to eclipse Silicon Valley. Whether you have a space science degree or are looking to learn about stars, Not Necessarily Rocket Science proves there’s room for anyone who is passionate about exploration. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

She’s Building a Robot by Mick Liubinskas 

AZ is a young girl who finds herself in a robot building competition. Can she use girl power to overcome crashes, explosions, and hackers to beat the school bully and three-time champ, Dalk? Smart and strong is the new pretty. In this funny, action-packed book about robots for kids, talented AZ fights gender and learns tough lessons on leadership. With the help of her quirky friends, Li and 10, the team builds a feisty robot named Ada. Together, they work hard, solve puzzles, grow in confidence, and learn the importance of friendship and collaboration.

All science girls welcome! Written to raise awareness about the challenges faced by women in science and engineering, She’s Building a Robot celebrates voices from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Perfect for bedtime stories or girls who code, She’s Building a Robot gives young women the opportunity to relate to smart characters, promotes girl empowerment, and shows that there’s room in STEM for girls. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

The Future of Science is Female: The Brilliant Minds Shaping the 21st Century by Zara Stone

From saving the oceans to improving the rehabilitation and job prospects of people struggling in prison, these badass female scientists and entrepreneurs are changing the world.

Take a look at what the future holds—and how women are making it better. In The Future of Science is Female, author and award-winning journalist Zara Stone shares the fascinating, complicated stories of how a diverse group of powerful women got started—from the perspective of those still working it out as they go along. Take 22-year old Dominique Barnes, a female hero of the oceans. She was worried about all the dolphins and whales killed during shrimp farming, so the marine biologist created a tasty, affordable plant-based shrimp alternative. And she’s just one of the sheroes you will discover in The Future of Science is Female. Get to know this amazing author and view this book on Amazon!

 

 

 

Verónica Gago (Ni Una Menos) illustration by Mina Tocalini

Verónica Gago – Feminist International

Recent years have seen massive feminist mobilizations in virtually every continent, overturning social mores and repressive legislation. In this brilliant and original look at the emerging feminist international, Verónica Gago explores how the women’s strike, as both a concept and collective experience, may be transforming the boundaries of politics as we know it.

At once a gripping political analysis and a theoretically charged manifesto, Feminist International draws on the author’s rich experience with radical movements to enter into ongoing debates in feminist and Marxist theory: from social reproduction and domestic work to the intertwining of financial and gender violence, as well as controversies surrounding the neo-extractivist model of development, the possibilities and limits of left populism, and the ever-vexed nexus of gender-race-class. Gago asks what another theory of power might look like, one premised on our desire to change everything.

Verónica Gago is a leader in Argentina’s #NiUnaMenos movement (Not One More!), as both a theoretician and an activist. She is a Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, and Assistant Researcher at the National Council of Research (CONICET). Her work is deeply influenced by active participation in the experience of Colectivo Situaciones, who recorded the Argentine social movements around the 2001 debt crisis with remarkable acuity.

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Leslie Shaw – Estoy Soltera

When it comes to talent, sensuality and beauty, all roads lead to three of the most powerful female figures of Latin music; Leslie Shaw, Thalía and Farina. The three singers joined their voices in the song “Estoy Soltera,” available now on all digital music platforms, alongside its official music video.

Leslie Shaw rose to fame thanks to the success of songs like “Faldita” featuring Venezuelan duo Mau y Ricky (65 million views on YouTube) and “Bombón”. Her music career quickly reached international recognition, making her “the one to watch” in the urban genre. Today, Shaw premieres her single “Estoy Soltera” together with her new EP “Yo Soy Leslie Shaw.” This EP has unique pieces produced by Latin music veteran Maffio, and amazing musical collaborations with artists such as Shelow Shaq and Bulova.

Thalía and Farina joined Leslie Shaw in this release. Thalía, known internationally as one of the most successful superstars in the Latin entertainment industry, delivers elegance, talent, and her unique music style, pushing the track original charm towards an assured success. For her part, the Colombian lyrics-goddess Farina, uses the unique style that made her the phenomenon she is today to make “Estoy Soltera” an urban hit.

The single was produced by Alexander Palmer and Frank Santofimio, and its lyrics were the work of Antonio Cortés “Barullo”, Héctor Montaner, Claudio Prieto, Vladi Ramírez, Frank Santofimio, Alex Palmer, Thalía, Farina and Leslie Shaw herself.

The song premieres alongside its official music video in which filmmaker Katherine Díaz (Kath D) captures the unique feminine essence of each of its protagonists. Under her direction, the music video for “Estoy Soltera” reaches its highest level of sensuality, passion and dedication, resulting in a unique audiovisual piece with a strong feminist message.

With “Estoy Soltera,” Leslie Shaw writes a new page in the history of Latin music, bringing together three of the most powerful females in the industry on a distinctly urban track.

Listen to “Estoy Soltera” here and watch the music video here.

FOLLOW LESLIE SHAW: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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JANE FONDA × ELLE

KO Média is pleased to announce that the March issue of ELLE Canada stars the inimitable Jane Fonda.

In a special issue that celebrates getting older with an open mind, the inspiring 82-year old actor, activist and icon opens up about her plans for the future and her past regrets.

“I can’t pretend that I’m not vain, but there isn’t going to be any more plastic surgery—I’m not going to cut myself up anymore,” says the refreshingly frank face of L’Oréal who talks about finding confidence later in life.

“I have psychic scars that I will never be able to give up.”

The special issue is packed with thoughtful features that dig into today’s most relevant questions, examining how societal perceptions about age are changing, and asking: Are fillers over? What’s the TikTok take on beauty? When will we finally start taking openly about menopause? In the words of French supermodel and author Caroline de Maigret, who is also featured in the exciting issue, “showing insatiable curiosity will make you look younger than a new pair of breasts.”

The March 2020 issue also boasts an everything-you-need-to-know guide to the season’s hottest trends, in which seasoned ELLE Canada editors decode how to wear must-have suits, trenches, retro prints, cool-girl denim and more.

Also in this issue: behind-the-scenes with Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière and his muses; a new study that hints romantic movies might be able to heal our relationships; and a fresh take on bold patterns and sleek minimalism.
 
The March issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on February 17th.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER

Directed by Beniamino Barrese


The critically acclaimed documentary on legendary model-turned-activist Benedetta Barzini

Opens NY on DEC 6 at QUAD CINEMA & LA on Dec 13 at LAEMMLE MONICA

Upcoming screenings & QA’s w/Beniamino Barrese & Benedetta Barzini:

NY – Nov 16 at MoMI

LA – DEADLINE’s “For the Love of Docs” on NOV 19 at THE LANDMARK

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, Frameline


Benedetta Barzini wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she is fed up with all the roles that life has imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to a place as far as possible from the gaze of the camera. Only her son Beniamino is permitted to witness her journey. Having filmed her since he was a child in spite of all her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible — or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running. The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta — that of her liberation.

WATCH TRAILER HERE.

Italy / 94 Minutes / 1.85:1 / DCP / Color

In English and Italian with English subtitles


“ONLY YOU” A Multimedia Series by Indira Cesarine

The Untitled Space is pleased to present multimedia series “ONLY YOU” by Indira Cesarine at SCOPE Art Show in Basel, Switzerland in partnership with ArtHelix Gallery and SHIM. Cesarine’s medium format photography, welded steel sculpture and video art will be on view in Booth A43 from June 12th to 17th for the duration of the fair.

“ONLY YOU” is a conceptual narrative portrait series chronicling a woman’s emotions as she traverses a metaphorical landscape of love, loss, abuse and betrayal. Each artwork is part of the greater narrative of her story. The series is based on autobiographical experiences of the artist. It was photographed on a medium format RZ camera as well as on HD video. The limited edition photographs and welded steel sculptures were completed in 2017 and unveiled last November at The Untitled Space gallery along with a dance performance by Bryn Cohn + Artists inspired by the series. Photography from the series was additionally featured at CICA Museum, South Korea as part of their January exhibition “Portrait 2018”.

The video art edition of “ONLY YOU” premiered at Art Basel Miami for an exhibition in collaboration with American Friends of The Louvre and Miami Art Museum. The video has additionally been screened internationally at exhibitions including “Factory Project” at London’s Red Bull Studios in collaboration with Graffik Gallery, at an event for Cannes Film Festival in France, and at the Big Screen Plaza in Chelsea, New York.

Indira Cesarine is a multimedia artist who works with photography, video, painting, printmaking and sculpture. A graduate of Columbia University with a triple major in Art History, French and Women’s Studies, she additionally studied art and photography at Parsons School of Design, International Center of Photography, School of Visual Arts, The Art Students League and New York Academy of Art. Cesarine had her first solo show at the age of sixteen at Paul Mellon Arts Center.

Empowering feminist themes are often the point of departure for Cesarine’s multi-sensory series. Her artwork questions the place of humanity in context with contemporary civilization and is often influenced by autobiographical content and women’s history at large. As a multi-disciplinarian artist she works across several mediums and techniques to convey a rich and diverse narrative, with an emphasis on thematic subject matter that engages a narrative of social discourse and art activism.

Her artwork has been featured internationally at many art galleries, museums and festivals, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mattatuck Museum, CICA Museum, Getty Images Gallery, French Embassy Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Art Basel Miami, Cannes Film Festival and the International Festival Photo Mode to name a few. In 2014, her public art sculpture, “The Egg of Light” was exhibited at Rockefeller Center as part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. Her work was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s New York for the annual “Take Home A Nude” art benefit.

“ONLY YOU, No 10″

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

“’ONLY YOU’ is an autobiographic series that I photographed and directed, working with a model to reenact sentiments I was feeling. This series tells the story not just of my emotional trauma, but that of many women who have been abused and betrayed by people they trusted, and how difficult it can be to process those emotions. In light of the #MeToo movement, many women are finding the strength to tell their stories. I have had many experiences that have crossed the line, in my personal life as well as throughout my career, and this series resonates with me as particularly relevant, a metaphorical mirror of how many women are feeling right now. You can feel the emotions in this series—they range from anger to sadness to disbelief to shame…frustration, fear— It’s an emotive series that focuses on the eyes as a portal.” – Indira Cesarine

“ONLY YOU, No 26”

ABOUT ARTHELIX + SHIMArtHelix, located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, presents solo and group art exhibitions and hosts lectures, symposia, and other cultural events. ArtHelix creates a meta-art space, a place where art is not only displayed and offered for sale, but also where it can be openly discussed and challenged, a hub or “helix” from which culture can be reimagined.

SHIM is a full service arts management company that helps artists present professional quality exhibitions by and for themselves without gallery commissions or lease. SHIM’s flagship location exists within ArtHelix gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

For more info visit SCOPE-ART.COM

Hilary Knight x The Red Bulletin

(Article Courtesy of The Red Bulletin)

Hilary Knight is leading the charge for equitable pay for U.S. women’s hockey. The fiery forward explains the importance of fighting battles for future generations.

Outside in Tampa it’s 98 degrees with nearly 100 percent humidity, but inside the Florida Hospital Center Ice hockey arena, it’s an alternate dimension. The air is crisp, with enough bite that tiny plumes of vapor appear with every exhale of breath. The entire rink reverberates as Hilary Knight slams puck after puck against the wall. You can tell she’s a pro.

At 28, Knight is arguably the best forward on the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey team — a team that captures the hearts of the country every four years during the Winter Olympics. But beyond her determination to score goals and earn medals, Knight has become a powerful advocate for promoting gender equality and a strong female body image.

Earlier this year, Knight made waves across the sports world when she and her fellow teammates threatened to boycott the World Championships over inequitable pay. After a funding agreement was reached with USA Hockey and the boycott was lifted, Knight scored the winning goal in overtime against bitter rivals Canada in the World Championship finals. It was a huge victory for women’s hockey, but Knight says there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Read the full article at The Red Bulletin