ArtsWestchester Deconstructs the Female Identity With ‘SHE’ Exhibition [VIDEO]


From performance art to photos of classically sculpted women and pillows with famous female comedians like Amy Schumer, ArtsWestchester’s spring exhibit ‘SHE: Deconstructing the Female Identity” is THE ultimate attraction in Westchester for Women’s History month.

(All photos in this video are courtesy of ArtsWestchester)

And there’s so much more in this exhibit that’s not even shown! Not only can you see this truly phenomenal exhibit for free, but ArtsWestchester is also hosting a series of events to empower women throughout the duration of the show which will be up until Saturday, June 25.

Here’s more on the exhibit from ArtsWestchester:

“Modern American women are struggling to redefine themselves in the face of shifting societal values and changing perceptions of femininity. These issues are explored in SHE,” said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam, adding that with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the exhibition explores issues of gender and identity by a selection of well-known and emerging New York artists.

The following artists are featured in SHE:

  • Nicole Awai of Brooklyn
  • Laurel Garcia Colvin of Chappaqua
  • Nancy Davidson of New York City
  • Marcy B. Freedman of Croton-on-Hudson
  • Debbie Han of New York City
  • Rebecca Mushtare of Oswego
  • Valerie Piraino of Brooklyn
  • Mari Ogihara of White Plains
  • Kathy Ruttenberg of New York
  • Barbara Segal of Yonkers
  • Tricia Wright of Kingston

“Themes explored include the body, self-adornment, and self-presentation, the domestic sphere and icons of the feminine,” added ArtsWestchester Gallery Director Kathleen Reckling. “The exhibition is designed to give women a space where their voices can be heard above the cacophony of social media, digital media, print media, marketers, politicians, pundits, and journalists. SHE explores the concept that femininity, and gender generally, is a grand performance piece, a play within and against socially constructed themes and voices.”

Community programs will address women’s rights, relationship abuse, self-image, and women’s career development. Some of these programs include:

  • Friday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

Fashion SHEek: Teens Take the Runway. ArtsWestchester, in partnership with Her Honor Mentoring, Operation PROM, and Westchester Community College will host “Fashion SHEek”, a fashion show featuring a collection of dresses designed by the fashion students at WCC and modeled by the mentees of Her Honor.

  • Thursday, April 21, Time: TBD

Teens Taking the Lead: Girls Learning Leadership. The creative team at the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute will lead empowering workshops that spark creativity and develop leadership skills for teenagers. Engaging activities will build confidence through addressing self-presentation and perception.

  • Date: TBD

Men Talking to Boys About Domestic Violence. Presented by the African American Men of Westchester, this day-long program includes workshops, discussions, and panels designed for young men aged 13-21, but open to all. It will focus on recognizing and preventing domestic violence.

  • Thursday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be A girl can grow up to be anything she wants. As part of Take Your Child to Work Day, female leaders from a cross-section of area businesses will talk about their career paths and answer questions about how to succeed in the career of your choosing.

(A full listing of these special events will occur through June and can be found by visiting

ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, N.Y. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 25. Admission is free to the public. Docent tours of the exhibit are available to the public and for private groups with a suggested per person donation. ArtsWestchester gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit

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About ArtsWestchester
For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchesters historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue.


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