13 Female Artists Re-Imagine America at Gateway Project Spaces

It's an all-woman show.


Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Facial Cosmetic Variations) (1972).
Image: Courtesy of MoMA.

An all-woman show is currently on view at the Gateway Project Spaces in Newark, New Jersey.

Titled “(Em)Power Dynamics: Exploring the Modes of Female Empowerment and Representation in America,” the exhibition is the second in a four-part series called Visualizing OUR Americana, thematically curated around race, gender, and queer identities in America, respectively.

(Em)Power Dynamics is inspired by two key works that embody the feminist art movement: Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1924 series of flower paintings and Ana Mendieta’s 1974 work Untitled (Facial Cosmetic Variations).


Flower Abstraction, Georgia O’Keeffe (1924).
Image: Courtesy of the Whitney.

The gallery space, which comprises two levels of artist studios and a third level exhibition space/residency program, is co-directed by founder Rebecca Jampol and Jasmine Wahi.

“Every show that Rebecca and I curate is significant to me, and reinforces my belief in social awareness and activism through art,” Wahi said in a statement to artnet News. “(Em)power Dynamics no different; if anything, it feels more raw, visceral, and relevant in the context of my own personal life as a woman, and a woman of color.”

On the exhibition, Jampol says, “As a woman working in an industry of brilliant women, it is exciting to highlight these voices of strength and welcome this exhibition as part two of the ongoing curated series.”

See the 13 artists invited to re-imagine America below.

1. Jaishri Abichandani


Jaishri Abichandani, Before Kali No. 42 (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist.

2. Renée Cox

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Renée Cox, Black Leather Lace Up (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist via The Gateway Project.

3. Ayana Evans


Ayana Evans, I Carry You & You Carry Me (still) (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist.


5. Angela Fraleigh

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Angela Fraleigh, These Things Are Your Becoming (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist via the Gateway Project.

6. Chitra Ganesh

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Chitra Ganesh, Atlas (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist via the Gateway Project.

7. Rachel Mason


Rachel Mason, The Ambassadors (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist.

8. Marilyn Minter


Marilyn Minter, Master Blaster (2013).
Image: Courtesy of the artist.

9. Sophia Narrett

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Sophia Narrett, Along the Vein (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist via the Gateway Project.

10. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz


Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, ni de aca ni de alla: birth of La Llorona (2007).
Image: Courtesy of the artist.

11. Michele Pred

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Michele Pred, My Body My Business (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist via The Gateway Project.

12. Ventiko


Ventiko, ON BEAUTY II (2014). 
Image: Courtesy of the artist.

13. Shoshanna Weinberger

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Shoshanna Weinberger, Backlit Smoker (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist via the Gateway Project.

(Em)Power Dynamics runs through October 23rd at Gateway Project Spaces.

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