“Our feelings will lead us to our theory, our theory to our action, our feelings about that action to new theory and then to new action.” -Kathie Sarachild of Redstockings Radical Feminist group, presented at the First National Women’s Liberation Conference, Chicago, November 27, 1968
Every Body! presents work by artists and activists representing historical and visual exchanges around feminist health movements. By combining historical documents from the Women’s Health Movement (WHM) with presentations and performances by artists and activists working towards health care justice in the present day, Every Body! explores how feelings, theories, and actions are shaped into the creation of a place where all bodies are celebrated and health care is a human right. The exhibition begins with the visual culture of the WHM of the late 1960s-70s through posters, ephemera, and literature donated from individuals, groups, and institutions involved in the movement including the Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective and the Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers. The work of participating artists reflects this movement and its evolution with creative responses to and representations of the issues surrounding the health needs of women, men, and transgendered people. Every Body! is an ongoing conversation, taken up and shared over many years.
Bonnie Fortune organized EveryBody! over a two year period (2007-2009). Research was inspired by her work with Leslie J. Reagan and Sharon Irish at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Terri Kapsalis and Faith Wilding at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition, building on the history of the Women's Health Movement, is designed to be a teaching exhbition leading to new ideas and social change.
Please download the original exhibition poster with curatorial statement here.
Carleton College Art Gallery. Northfield, Minnesota. April — May 2011
ISpace. Chicago, IL. September — October 2009