International Museum of Women Launches Curating Change Series

by Casey Krosser

If you’re anxious to get proactive on women’s issues right now, check out The International Museum of Women’s exciting new online exhibit called Curating Change. This new series is dedicated to the many women who inspire I.M.O.W., which plans to choose one guest curator every two weeks–the first one being Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom–throughout September and October. Each guest curator will choose art that reflects the global issues that matter most to them. They will also provide links to organizations and more information about how everyone can get involved with these issues.

You may know the first guest curator, filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, for her recent documentary called Miss Representation. The documentary delves into women’s under-representation in power and influence positions worldwide, and how the mainstream media exacerbates this problem. The film also has a grassroots campaign that accompanies it which you can learn more about here. And be sure to check out the Oct/Nov ’12 issue of BUST for more about the documentary and an interview with Newsom. Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s selections for Curating Change relate to her documentary film, as they all revolve around the theme of women’s representation.

Newsom explains the focus of her selections: “In making my selections for I.M.O.W. I was drawn to the courageous efforts of women around the world who are challenging the status quo by presenting alternative representations and possibilities for women. The media would like us to believe that there is only one ideal way a woman should look, act, or think; as a result, so many of our young girls internalize that notion. Yet by creating our own representations, we confuse and confront that ideal.” Some of Newsom’s selections include the documentary Mirror Mirror, which follows young girls and their relationship with television, a performance piece about plastic surgery called “Cutting Along the Lines,” and an installation project about body image called “No Shortage of Diet Books.” All of Newsom’s selections deal with a variety of women’s issues and take on many different art forms.

For those who aren’t familiar, the I.M.O.W. is a social change museum that “inspires global action, connects people across borders, and transforms hearts and minds by amplifying the voices of women worldwide through global online exhibitions, history, the arts, and cultural programs that educate, create dialogue, and build community. With its unique focus on cultural change, I.M.O.W. advances the human right to gender equity worldwide.” It’s located in San Francisco, CA, but with its online exhibitions you can easily explore the museum’s resources wherever you are.  Check out their new exhibit

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