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CoCA presents What Stories Would the Unintended Beneficiaries Tell

CoCA presents What Stories Would the Unintended Beneficiaries Tell - logo image for the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington

What Stories Would the Unintended Beneficiaries Tell takes a new look at equity, equality, our collective history, and the erasure of marginalized history.

The Center on Contemporary Art Seattle (CoCA) presents What Stories Would the Unintended Beneficiaries Tell (WSWUBT), an exhibition featuring artists Monyee Chau, Bonnie Hopper, Lisette Morales, Charly ‘Carlos’ Palmer, and Carletta Carrington Wilson. WSWUBT is a group exhibition that encourages artists to peel back the layers of white-washed history and examine the 19th Amendment, a non- inclusive historical moment, through new perspectives that cannot be ignored or erased.

On Aug. 18th, 1920 the 19th Amendment was ratified. It stated, “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex”. This in effect gave every female citizen the right to vote under the Constitution, although in reality it only gave a privileged few white females that right. The right to vote and to have one’s voice heard and counted has always been held in an almost sacred regard since the founding of our government. Our country’s belief that the governed should have a say in how they are governed is one that has not proven to be inclusive of all citizens or people.

In actual practice we as a country have denied equal opportunities to vote to persons historically categorized as marginalized groups, especially women of color. Even with the passage of the 19th Amendment women of color were not allowed to vote until decades later. Indigenous Americans were not granted citizenship and the right to vote until 1947. Asian American women did not win the vote until the passage of the McCarran-Walter Act in 1952. African – and Latinx-Americans did not gain the explicit right to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Currently all members of the African-American and Indigenous communities are fighting for fair and equal access to ballot boxes.

In WSWUBT, CoCA seeks to ascribe new perspectives and visual meanings to the restructuring of the 19th Amendment through visual space and supporting open transparency in both thought and opportunities for creative actions.

Exhibition Runs: September 3 – October 24, 2020.
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104

More info: https://cocaseattle.org/unintended-beneficiaries

Exhibition Tours: Available by appointment and virtually. More information at: http://cocaseattle.org/exhibition-viewing 

About CoCA: CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary. CoCA has been a vital part of the contemporary art community in the Northwest since 1981, operating galleries and producing events for almost 40 years.

For images and information, contact: Nat Thornton, curator, [email protected]


Gallery Phone: (206) 728-1980

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