Eva Recinos
April 20, 2017 3:34 pm
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:

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.

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

“She Inspires” feels especially important now, when women are continually fighting for their voices to be heard. In battles with everything from reproductive rights to immigration, women can look to history for examples of how other trailblazers won important fights.

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

As Cesarine emphasizes, these women are important not just to women’s history, but to history in general. So many of these women have had stakes in political movements — they’ve raised their voices and motivated others to do the same.

Courtesy of Ann Lewis aka GILF! "Linda" Inspired by Linda Sarsour - The Untitled Space - SHE INSPIRES Exhibit - May 2017

“She Inspires” will also include a few events to keep the conversation going.

Courtesy of Annika Connor "Hope & Praise" Inspired by Barbara Morgan - The Untitled Space - SHE INSPIRES Exhibit - May 2017

For Cesarine, the show is not only about highlighting these women, but about bringing light to the fact that so many women’s stories go untold. With the show, she hopes to emphasize “how important it is that the accomplishments of women are recognized as just as important as those of men.”

“She Inspires” will be on view from May 2nd to May 20th. You can find out more about the exhibition here.

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