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NMWA Presents Interactive, Site-Specific Exhibition by Artist Mónica Mayer

Oct 19 2017

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project, D.C., an exhibition by Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer, on view November 10, 2017–January 5, 2018. Since 1978, Mayer has been implementing El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project in various museums and communities throughout Mexico, South America and the United States, asking women from different economic classes, ages and professions to respond to the statement, “As a woman, what I dislike most about my city is…” Participants write their responses on small pink ballots, which are then hung on a clothesline. The site-specific installation documents the project’s results by using content created through community outreach, inviting visitors to add their voices and experiences to the tendedero, or clothesline.

Mayer transforms the clothesline, a traditionally feminine object, into a tool designed to engage the community and facilitate a dialogue around women’s experience with violence—including topics such as sexual harassment, domestic violence and trafficking. This fall, working with artists, activists and organizations in the Washington, D.C.,area, Mayer facilitated workshops for the D.C. iteration of El Tendedero. As the project is city-specific, hearing the direct experiences of local women was a critical piece of framing for the exhibition and its content.

“I am pleased that Mónica’s next installation of El Tendedero will be associated with NMWA’s acclaimed Women, Arts and Social Change public programs initiative—highlighting women and the arts as catalysts for social change,” said Director of Public Programs Melani N. Douglass. “We have partnered with several D.C.-area organizations and assisted in the creation of conversations between local artists and advocates to inspire community-based advocacy directed at reducing violence against women.”

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National Museum of Women in the Arts