Still They Persist: Hindsight is 2020 is a critical lens through which we may look at the progress (or lack thereof) that the United States of America has seen over the course of the past four years.
This ever-evolving living archive features more than 300 unique objects of resistance, which were worn, carried, and made for activation in the streets: still our most democratic and accessible of all public forums.
Featuring objects used in protests marches throughout the country since 2017, and traveling to various locations and sites, this exhibition of ephemeral materials aims to allow folks who have assembled, protested, and fought for a return of "light" and fairness to be reminded that their actions have an impact and that their words have a ripple affect on the world at large.
As a passion project created by four otherwise busy arts professionals this is how the FemFour and our allies continue our work: by leveraging the skills we have to keep the hope that artists create in the world circulating within the public consciousness.
Galleries such as The Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed, Jr. Gallery, which are open free to the public and contextualized within an educational institution, are an ideal setting for this collection as it reaches an audience already primed for critical thought and edification.
The future of this country and what this precarious moment in history holds for us remains to be seen. But what this collection clearly demonstrates is that the power of the collective galvanizing against tyranny continues to hold the potential for radical political change.
Linda Wright Ali, Rebecca Allan, Ian Kruer Andersen, Inna Babaeva, Rebecca Baldwin, Hannah Barnes, Terry Berlier, Defne Beyce, Janet Biggs, BOLDFACE, Colin C. Boyd, Dorothy Burge, Jesse Byerly, DOVECOTE COLLECTIVE, Amanda Brinkman (Google Ghost), Olivia Caldwell, Nancy Chunn, Ora Clay, Marion Coleman, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Carolyn Crump, Calcagno Cullen, Teresa Curtis, Breanne Daly, Craig Davis, Skylar Davis, Judy Dominic, Amy Doran, Jacob Drabik, Sara Drabik, Sam Drake, Lizzy Duquette, “Dykes on Bikes”, Jen Edwards, Donelle Estey, Shepard Fairey, Tracy Featherstone, Carla Fernández, Emma Fitzgerald, L’Merchie Frazier, Maureen France, Mary Frank, Marjorie Diggs Freeman, Stephanie Lane Gage, Linnea Gartin, Gigi Gatewood, Tamara Gayer, Lisa Gregg, Anna Grey, Christine Dianne Guiyangco, Micol Hebron, Teri Heist, Sylvia Hernandez, Hayley Hughes, Charlotte Hunter, Tierney Davis Hogan, Barbara Houghton, Niki Johnson, Josephine Johnston, Aidan Jones, Daryl Jones, Olivia Mae Jones, Kayle Karbowski, Sumir Khurma Baird, Allison Knue, Zowie Keijsers Koning, Olivia-Sophie Keijsers Koning, Julia Keister, Colleen Kelsey, Ann B. Kim, Tom Klein, Joyce Kozloff, Pam Kravetz, Katie Labmeier, Laura Lane, Elizabeth Langer, John Lanzador, Andrea Lauer (Brick x Brick), Betty Leacraft, Cynthia Lockhart, Joya Logue, Hannah Lowen, Julie Mader-Meersman, Shawna Maria, Hannah Marie, Katy Martinez, Karay Martin, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Zan McQuade, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, Charyl Mikles, Megan Miller, Ed Johnetta Miller, Ayisha Kishili Miller, Alana Minor, Marilyn Minter, Masako Miyazaki, Alessandra Mondolfi, Melinda Moore Vanarsdall, Lisette Morales, Ava N., Justine N., Jim Neuberger, Ana de Orbegoso, Suharu Ogawa, Melanie Oliva, Migiwa Orimo, Ernesto Ortiz Leyva, Sara Caswell Pearce, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft, Michele Pred, Desi R., Dakota Rais, Rachel Rampleman, Sharon Ray, Heather Lea Reid, Joe Rettig, Catherine Richards, Mary Clare Rietz, Nancy Rocke, Ursula Roma, Jacinda Russell, Isaias Salgado, Sarah Sandman (Brick x Brick), Bill Saunders, Karen Saunders, Karen Schlanz, Sandra Scott, Carole Lyles Shaw, Ashley Shewmaker, Susan Shie, April Elaine Shipp, Randy Smith, Melissa Soluski, Sea Sprang, Carole Gary Staples, Susannah Stern, Michael Stillion, Sarah Stolar, Amber Stucke, Selena Sullivan, Asher T., Keer Tanchak, Jaime Thompson, Amy Tobin, Katie Tobin, Rev. Michelle L. Torigian, Peter Van Hyning, Melinda Moore Vanarsdall, Camille Wagner, Sheila H. Wagner, Margy Waller, WE MAKE AMERICA, Wendy White, Ben Wilson, Julie Wilson, Polly Wilson, Cori Wolff, C. Jacqueline Wood, Nina Yankowitz, Felicia Young, Sauda A. Zahra