The future is female: US exhibitions bring women to the forefront in 2023
By highlighting Indigenous communities and a hero of abstract expressionism, museums are showing women’s impact on art
2022 has not been the best year for women. In September, the United Nations data reported that full gender equality was still literally centuries away, while in October, the 2022 edition of the Gender Equality Index found that women’s rights had declined in several key areas for the first time since 2010.
These were issued amid the overturning of abortion rights with the landmark supreme court ruling on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, as well as continuing pushback against the #MeToo movement. While 2022 was a decidedly disappointing year for gender equality, 2023 promises to, at the very least, offer a sensational group of groundbreaking art exhibitions by women artists. Here are seven women-centered exhibitions in the US showcasing historically marginalized communities – destined to make an impact, they offer audiences important ways to connect with new perspectives on the world, experience exciting materials used in innovative ways and see different approaches to just what art is.