Yesterday’s Florida primary coincided with a pivotal anniversary in the history of American democracy: On Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
Among the numerous events inspired by this milestone, an exhibition at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is particularly intriguing. It’s called Reframed, and it’s a group exhibition of four internationally renowned photographers who analyze the representation of women and female stereotypes in media, culture, and science. Today at 4 p.m, the museum’s executive director, Zora Carrier, will talk about the show in an online interview hosted by Cafe con Tampa and live-streamed at facebook.com/cafecontampa.
Photographers include Peru’s Astrid Jahnsen, who “rescues” images of women from old encyclopedias; South Korea’s Ina Jang, whose series Utopia researches the silhouettes of female figures found in Japanese soft-core pornography; Iraqi artist Sama Alshaibi, whose self-portraits recall and subvert historical Orientalist portraits through a feminist and post-colonial lens; and Endia Beal (U.S.), whose video Office Scene confronts black female stereotypes in the work space.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, 813-221-2222, fmopa.org. Call for appointment.