Panel discussions with Redstockings and WAC

Sunday, December 02, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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Bethany Johns and Marlene McCarty, WAC Eye Logo, offset poster, 1992

Come see a free, public discussion with members of the feminist groups Redstockings and Women's Action Coalition (WAC), followed by a closing reception of the exhibition WE DISSENT… Design of the Women’s Movement

1–2 PM: Panel discussion with members of Redstockings

Confirmed participants:  Marisa Figueiredo, Adrielle Munger, Kathie Sarachild, and Jen Sunderland. Moderated by Stéphanie Jeanjean and Alexander Tochilovsky (curators of WE DISSENT…).

Redstockings of the Women’s Liberation Movement is a radical feminist group that started in New York City, in January 1969 (some of its founding members originating from the New York Radical Women). Redstockings expanded the practice of consciousness raising meetings and speak outs, it also made available notable writings (by Kathie Sarachild and Carol Hanisch, among others) in books and journals such as, Feminist Revolution and Woman’s World, that they published. After a short split in 1970s, Redstockings reformed in 1973, since then it remains one of the oldest women’s organizations in New York, still in activity today. In 2019, Redstockings is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

2–3:30 PM Panel discussion with members of WAC

Confirmed participants: Lucia Davis, Bethany Johns, Marlene McCarty, Denise Petrizzo, Grai St Clair Rice, Pegi Vail. Moderated by Stéphanie Jeanjean and Alexander Tochilovsky (curators of WE DISSENT…).

WAC started in New York City, in January 28, 1992. Its members organized spectacular protests in the form of direct actions reasserting women’s rights and calling out inequalities, developing from sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny—present in 1990s America and still experienced today. Despite the short life of the collective (it disintegrated in late 1993), WAC quickly expanded to become a giant network (built with home phones and fax machines) and composed of thousands organized in Chapters in various American cities and internationally (Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Paris, etc.). They produced graphic materials (fliers, posters, banners, masks, hats, etc.), coordinated street demonstrations with banners, puppets, and drum corps, and published content (WAC Stats, 1992). A signature of WAC is their eye logo and moto “WAC is Watching: We Women Take Action.” 

3:30–5 PM: Closing reception of the exhibition WE DISSENT… Design of the Women’s Movement.

These special events have been organized in the framework of the exhibition WE DISSENT… Design of the Women’s Movement in New York, at 41 Cooper Gallery (opened until December 2, 2018), with the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The George Campbell Exhibition Fund.

The event is free and open to the public. General public should reserve a space here. Please note seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.