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Virtual Performance & Q&A » Nevertheless, She Persists
Join us virtually over Zoom for the premiere performance of Nevertheless, She Persists, presented in collaboration with Core Dance and University of Central Arkansas. The program will begin with an introduction given by Artistic Director of Core Dance Sue Schroeder, and Crystal Bridges Curator, American Art and Director of Fellowships and Research Mindy Besaw. Following the viewing of this pre-recorded performance, guests tuning in will have the opportunity for a Q&A to learn more about the rich context behind this performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth (19th) Amendment.
Nevertheless, She Persists is a new performance advocating for the dignity, intelligence, and potential of women everywhere. Six artworks from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s collection prompted the approach, asking viewers to look again at the depictions of women from the nineteenth through late-twentieth centuries—representations of women both prior to and following the passage of the Nineteenth (19th) Amendment.
Utilizing Schroeder’s long history and practice with embodying visual art through movement/dance, Nevertheless, She Persists invites the audience to be participatory rather than passive―empowering them through the physicality of the performance to better understand and connect with the meaning and impact of the visual art experience, and to be “moved” by it.
Featured artworks for Nevertheless, She Persists include:
- Gari Melchers, The Embroideress [Portrait of Mrs. Hitchcock), ca. 1889
- William Merrit Chase, The Song, 1907
- George Bellows, Two Women, 1924
- John Anansa Thomas Biggers, Victim of the City Streets #2, 1946
- Wayne Thiebaud, Supine Woman, 1963
- Tom Wesselmann, Smoker #9, 1973
Image Courtesy Core Dance, featuring Tom Wesselmann, Smoker #9, 1973, acrylic on linen, 83 x 89.5 in., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2008.14.