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"She Inspires" is a look at women's history and a call to follow your truth

Courtesy of Lauren Rinaldi "Phenomenal Women" Inspired by Michelle Obama and Maya Angelou, SHE INSPIRES Exhibit Artwork, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York - May 2017

We have art to thank for so many educational moments — for helping us freeze historical scenes in time or capture the likeness of legendary icons. After all, we’re always looking to learn more about important women in history, especially since their stories can be harder to find in your average school textbook.

Enter “She Inspires,” a show at Untitled Space dedicated to highlighting the amazing women in history that can inspire us today. Curated by Indira Cesarine, the show features a diverse roster made up of female artists you should definitely know about. Among them are Molly Crabapple, Ann Lewis (aka GILF!), Lauren Rinaldi, Nichole Washington, Rebecca Leveille, Cecilia Collantes, Leslie Sheryll, and many more.

Courtesy of Leslie Sheryll "Cleo Without" Inspired by women's suffrage activists, SHE INSPIRES Exhibit Artwork, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York - May 2017

In an email to HelloGiggles, Cesarine explained that the pieces were meant as not only portraits of these amazing women, but also as symbols of the “personal inspiration” that each artist found in their stories:

“I felt it was crucial the exhibit presented not just figurative works that focused on how these women look, but also works that emphasized their actions, their words, their accomplishments. Some of the art is very conceptual, while other works are more literal. I think having that level of diversity adds to the exhibit, and hopefully viewers will also find that it piques their curiosity about the women the works are inspired by.”
Courtesy of Michael Hubbard "Bell Hooks" Inspired by Bell Hooks - SHE INSPIRES Exhibit Artwork, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York - May 2017

Some of these amazing women include Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, bell hooks, activist Linda Sarsour, and former NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan.

“I think the works in the show will present viewers with many familiar faces, but there are also many women who they might not have heard of before, and I hope to spark their interest to learn more about these women and to also be inspired to learn more about women’s history in general,” Cesarine stated. “While researching for the exhibit, I was blown away by the amount of incredible women out there that I had never even heard of myself. There are countless stories of phenomenal women who were never included in our history books, or whose achievements were falsely attributed to men. I created an oil painting for the exhibit inspired by Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to run for president of the United States, back in 1872!”
Courtesy of Indira Cesarine - "My Name is Victoria Woodhull" - Inspired by Politician and Activist Victoria Woodhull - SHE INSPIRES Exhibit Artwork, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York - May 2017
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