Celebrating women’s suffrage and creativity

We first encountered Cristina Biaggi, whose sensual female sculptures and scholarship revolve around the goddess movement back in the 1980s. So we were delighted to hear that the Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) and SuffrageForward are holding a Meet the Artist reception on Sunday, Sept. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for her new outdoor RoCA exhibit, “The Web” (through Nov. 15).

Biaggi’s works are a reflection and extension of her lifelong interest in art, archaeology, women studies, literature and classics, acquired at Vassar College and Harvard and New York universities. “The Web” is no exception, using as it does an ancient archetypal symbol derived from animal art that has come to symbolize the women’s movement of the 1980s and ’90s. The artwork is a 45- foot diameter, double-sided cloth collage that Biaggi created in the mid-‘80’s whose panels deal with the suffragist, abolitionist, civil rights, gay rights and antiapartheid movements, among others.            

The exhibit is a collaboration between RoCA and SuffrageForward, whose mission is not only to celebrate women’s right to vote, but to empower women now and in the future, and to create awareness among all people of the strength and resiliency of girls and women.

For more, visit rocklandartcenter.org and suffrageforward.org.  

Georgette Gouveia

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