February 5, 2023
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Janet Mock, Sarah Arison, Ellen Gallagher, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Miyoung Lee were recently celebrated at the “Trailblazers: Women in the Arts” luncheon, hosted by Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler at the Brooklyn Museum. These trailblaisers were interviewed in intimate one on one conversations on stage to highlight their contributions to the art world. Sarah Arinson was interviewed by the great Bill T. Jones in a conversation highlighting the need for arts organizations to support budding artists on the rise. In a conversation between Nancy Spector and her interviewee, the venerable Lowery Stokes Sims, Sims reminisced about early career projects:

“It was a great context in which I came into the museum. We used to steal things from the Met, send them to community organizations. We pilfered, we stole, we lied. We did everything to sort of note and work with our colleagues, and I think that has been a thing that really determined what my career was. Was it feminist? I can’t think that it could help not be feminist.”

Miyoung Lee, interviewed by Anne Pasternak, ruminated on her having “an epiphany around a piece by Ghada Amer, breaking down the details of her work through a series of intriguing slides that increased in detail. Sackler Family Curator Catherine Morris interviewed Ellen Galagher about her work utilizing words on a page to layer, illustrate, transform and even transcend their original intended meaning. She noted the tendency for us to “arrange things that are scary in literary form.”

Transgender activist and author Janet Mock sat with writer Tom Healy to talk about her memoir, writing as a journey to discovering and understanding herself, and writing herself into history.

What followed was an elegant lunch filled with intriguing conversation inspired by these women trailblazers and their amazing contributions to the arts.

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Melanie Meadows

Associate Editor for The Fabulous Report. Freelance Grantwriter.

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