The Fridge DC Presents Bread and Roses Pop-Up Exhibition

By Editorial Team on February 20, 2018

Thu, 22 February 2018 - Sun, 25 February 2018

Kate DeCiccio, Anita Told Us So, 2017, Poster. Courtesy of the artist.
Opening: Thursday, February 22 from 7pm to 11pm

Bread and Roses is a four-day event on Capitol Hill featuring artworks, workshops, and performances. Marking just over one year since the first Women’s March on Washington, building on #MeToo and challenging recent attacks on gender equality, this pop-up exhibition showcases the power of the communal fight for women’s rights today. The Fridge DC welcomes all to join from Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25, 2018 for interactive, multi-disciplinary cultural programming curated by women artists and art historians.

Rose Schneiderman—women’s suffrage and labor activist, and founding member of the ACLU—coined the phrase “Bread and Roses” in 1911, inspiring James Oppenheim’s poem of the same name. Women deserve bread (equal pay and fair working conditions) but they must have roses, too (the right to beauty and a better life). Bread and Roses is a celebration of women, encompassing triumphs and tribulations, resilience and resistance. Twenty refined and revolutionary works explore the power dynamics of being a 21st century woman and offer a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary, intersectional look at microaggressions, sexual harassment and assault, identity and gender typing, and breaking the glass ceiling. This is not a requiem, but a reckoning.

With the support of Fridge DC director, and legendary local graffiti artist, Alex Goldstein, they are bringing together artists and activists to start a grassroots conversation, support and uplift one another, offer resources, and achieve greater understanding.

The opening night party on Thursday, February 22 from 7-11 pm will showcase performance, interactive, and multimedia art in addition to poetry and musical acts complemented by artisan food and custom cocktails from EatBar of Capitol Hill. Highlights include original works from 19 visual artists and a live sound collage by Aseem Suri. On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, a series of workshops will involve women and their allies of all ages in empowering activities, from gridiron skills with the DC Divas professional women’s football team, a charity benefit yoga class, meditation session focusing on feminine energy, workshop on flash fiction writing, and meeting of the Spitfire Club, a local non-profit that empowers young girls through the joy of reading.

“One year out from the Women’s March on Washington, Bread and Roses on Capitol Hill is an opportunity to reflect—on the progress we have made and what we have left to accomplish—and to energize and engage with the spirit of activism and empowerment many of us felt during the march,” said Jessica Duby, originator and co-curator of the project.

Jessica Duby, Sarah Dick, and Margalit Monroe are the curatorial collective behind Bread and Roses, and combined have over 35 years of experience in the art world.

The Fridge DC is located at 516 1/2 8th St. SE in the rear alley.