Category Archives: Exhibitions

Q2 2019 A QUILT IS A WAGE: Stitch n Bitch (Gap$) journal

Some Stitch n Bitch Gap$ quilt collaborators gather at Block Gallery (Bronx Museum AIM annex) Tribeca NYC March 5, 2019
Left to Right: Wendy Vogel, Brandon Neubauer, Laura Rugarber, Anh-Thu Nguyen, Shilpa Mankikar, Lianne Sheplar, Rahsaan Gandy, Pamela Beth Grossman, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, Holly Hager

Over a dozen quilters gathered to build financial literacy, close the Wage Gap and pin down sultry skivvies after a wintry mix settled over Tribeca NYC on Tuesday March 5, 2019. Lead by social justice enthusiast and special projects director for Democracy at Work Institute, Anh-Thu Nguyen initiated a conversation about the history, present and future challenges to equal pay for all Americans.

As Director of Special Projects, Anh-Thu leads and supports market development initiatives, innovations, and strategic partnerships for worker cooperative creation, scale and growth. She supports DAWI’s NYC work through the NYC Council-funded Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, providing consulting, education and technical assistance to emerging worker cooperatives and developers. Her work has encompassed international human rights, social enterprise, and sustainable fashion. She began her career with the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), and has launched and consulted on several conscious beauty and fashion brands, including being on the founding team of MAKE Beauty. She studied Classics and Government at Georgetown University and received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law. We were honored to have her encyclopedic knowledge and visionary action as a source of inspiration during the skill and knowledge share exercise.

Beginning by snacking and laying out the Underwear Audit palette, participants gathered over a pristine Queen sized bedsheet-cum-tablecloth to examine our collective ideas on pay parity across marginalized groups. Anh-Thu provided insightful breakdowns of equity versus income statististics and ways to make the invisible economic forces that are structurally stacked against us apparent. A document with links including resources for economic development in NYC as well as articles expanding on her talking points is available here.

Breaking down the barriers to economic information, Anh-Thu covered the history of redlining and pinklining from FDR’s HOA and housing policies to current trends in top banks that prevent minorities from getting loans- not to mention period poverty. Predatory lending, Unbanked Americans and de-banking big business into credit unions were discussed. More surprising than the short falls in income disparity is the equity disparity. The historical and structural barriers to entry in owning a home for example, are linked not only to the recent laws passed that allow women to have property in their name in the US, but also women’s proclivity to pay debt and be more financially responsible. This proclivity makes us higher targets to predatory lending, as well as heavier consumers of educational debt which has skyrocketed in our generation. It is no surprise then, that lacking financial independence or pay parity in the workplace; women are slower in achieving the “American Dream” or the Myth of independent homeownership- especially in dense, expensive cities where jobs are more likely to be occupied by women. This despite being the largest representation of domestic workers and care-takers.

Notwithstanding the large scale historical and political challenges of electing women to higher office in order to improve the financial barriers, there has been progress where policies at state and government scale come as a result of a more diverse local government cabinet. This underscores the urgency to vote in local elections- no matter the state’s democratic or republican leaning. Challenges remain, as was intimately felt in preparation for Stitch n Bitch Gap$ when 6 out of 7 invited speakers dropped out. Two had last minute obligations for other engagements, while the remaining 4 were either censored by their compliance officers or self-censored to avoid castigation from their high-powered careers in finance. While self-censorship is a common, understandable tactic in order for women to remain in upwardly mobile positions of financial power, it is most insidious when compliance officers censor these women from sharing basic economic literacy tools with their community. Moreover, it is a chilling illustration of how income disparity is increasing, and access to social services is decreasing for the most vulnerable populations. In 2019 it is more taboo for women in finance to explain the definition of a 401k to her comrades, than a man of the highest power to threaten sexual violence against women on a national stage. The bravery #MeToo women have demonstrated in risking their careers is a vibrant transformation of our culture, but comes at a cost.

Taking stock of their own experiences and tools for improving conditions in their community, the quilters began pitching images across the table that depict the struggle. The quarterly question arose as to whether an image expressing critique or hope should be prioritized. After consolidating ideas into one powerful symbol, the group debated and settled on an image. A man bolstered high by a dollar sign parallels a woman held low by a cent sign, is divided by a red to pink ombre measuring line: representing not only the problem of pay parity, but also historical equity with red and pink-lining. In further detail the group concluded the colors representing clothing for each gender sign would be neutral so as not to exclude other gender identities, and that the man’s head would be a pale skin tone while the woman’s would be a dark brown. The ultimate test of image clarity and power will be judged on the street, by the wider public at an upcoming protest.

Pinning the worn out women’s underwear into the late evening, participants eagerly put finishing touches on the panty portrait. A final shake test revealed white gaps in an otherwise colorful image, which were quickly filled by the remaining supporters. With a last heave and sway of the queen sized bedsheet, the 10th Cunt Quilt was born at 9:30pm March 5, 2019.


Cunt Quilt @ Queens Museum S.T.E.P show

Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P.)
A two part exhibition of walk-based work with Flux Factory and the Community Partnership Exhibition Program

We are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P.), curated by Christina FreemanEmireth Herrera and moira williams. Exhibition Dates: Oct 28 2018-Dec 2 2018

The first part of the exhibition and related events will take place September 6th – September 30 in and around Flux Factory with gallery hours on Saturdays & Sundays from 1-6PM, and by appointment. A special Flux Thursday will take place on September 13 as part of S.T.E.P.

The second part of the exhibition will take place at Queens Museum’s Community Partnership Gallery, October 28 to December 2.

Performances and walks will take place October 28November 4November 11and December 2

S.T.E.P…. seeks to be an overlapping convergence and entanglement of walking, walk-based works and programming, mobilizing throughout New York.  S.T.E.P… embraces the many ways and bodies we walk while asking how walking as a creative act can challenge notions and open conversations around visibility, gender, labor, exploration, counter-mapping, colonialism, feminism, motherhood, contesting borders, community building, calling out gentrification, street harassment, (dis)ability, carbon debt, who sets the pace and measurement of the world, the power of dreams, and our entanglements between all of these and one another. S.T.E.P…. is open to all people of all abilities.

Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P….) events are free and take place throughout New York City. To register for upcoming event associated with the Queens Museum iteration, please RSVP by clicking on the title of the event:

October 28, 2018, 12 – 4 PM  

Opening Reception for S.T.E.P

Manchester Rambler, with Morag Rose + The Loiterers Resistance Movement

Stitch N Bitch, participatory performance by Coralina Rodriguez Meyer

Territorial Hissings, sound workshop by Dominika Ksel

November 4, 2018, 1-4PM

+ Acts of Inexactitude, performance by Sara Morawetz

+ Utopia – just around the corner, walk by Geert Vermeire  

November 11, 2018, 2-5PM

+ On Love, A Crystalization, walk by Magali Duzant

+ 10AM-12PM Trees of Forests Not Yet Here: walk by Lisa Hirmer

(Queens Botanical Garden)

December 2, 2018, 12 – 5 PM

Closing Reception for S.T.E.P

+ Red Line Labyrinth, walk by Walis Johnson

Available for self-guided remote experience throughout the duration of the exhibition:

+ Sleepwalks, by Lee Pembleton and Andrea Williams.

About the Curators:

Christina, Emireth and moira met at Flux Factory’s residency in 2016. Christina’s practice intervenes into existing systems, approaching culture as something we actively shape together. moira williams’ co-creative practice weaves together performance, bio-art, food, sound, sculpture and group walking as a lived experience. Emireth Herrera is a curator who aims to reveal social transformation through democratic processes.

Participating Artists + Collaborators:

Francheska Alcantara, Artcodex (Mike Estabrook + Vandana Jain), Becky Brown + Annette Cords, Compassionate Action Enterprises (Joan Giroux + Lisa Marie Kaftori),  Magali DuzantBrendan FernandesGudrun Filipska + Carly Butler,  Alexander Freeman, FRONTVIEW, Angeline Gragasin,  David HelbichLisa Hirmer,  Maya Kaminishi JeffereisWalis JohnsonKubra Khademiillesha KhandelwalDominika KselCoralina Rodriguez MeyerLisa MyersKristyna and Marek MildeSara MorawetzMorag Rose + The Loiterers Resistance MovementJulie Poitras Santos, Phil Smith, Camille TurnerGeert Vermeire + Stefaan van Biesen + Simona Vermeire, Jevijoe Vitug plus Walking Discourse (Astrid Kaemmerling + Minoosh Zomorodinia)

Support + Sponsors:

Support for Saunter Trek Escort Parade… (S.T.E.P….) is provided by Friends of Flux, Queens Museum, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, in-kind support from Materials for the Arts, ART WORKS,  the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature.

Cunt Quilt (Traffic) @ Textile Factory DTLA January 2019

Skivvy shop mannequin in the fashion district, downtown LA.

An inquisitive crew of women gathered Thursday January 17, 2019 during a light drizzle in an artist’s studio at the Textile Factory in downtown LA. A sombre glow radiated an otherwise vacant fashion manufacturing center where a handful of artists, activists, mothers, investors, public relations experts and community engagement officers gathered to learn about local and national human trafficking.

A highly accomplished, stunning femme, expert in public health and director of Journey Out; Cherise Charleswell lead a discussion about victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Her organization helps victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. In collaboration with international feminist organization Tomorrow Girls Troop, and fellow activists- a new Cunt Quilt was made following a Q&A session with Cherise on how to identify and report human trafficking, ways citizens can become involved, and the systemic pressures that create our slavery culture. Rampant in our historical, legal, visual, technological and media framework is a dark cycle of consumer-generated violence that pushes victims (predominantly children, women and trans individuals) into forced labor. Shedding light on the verbal and symbolic language perpetuated by pop songs, social media and the porn industry; Cherise pointed out signs ranging from walking to gestures, tattoos as ownership brands, and the depths of corruption that enable high profile “Johns” (or prostitution consumers/abusers) to go unpunished- while victims bear the punitive burden.

Carrying the conversation into craft action, participants shared their own stories and experiences with the porn and sex industry while brain storming the Cunt Quilt image. After debating between the prevalent logos on mud-trap tire flaps of women in coquettish positions, and the fashion aesthetics of prostitution from high heels to worn out sneakers; the group conceded to an image that combines a hovering cursor over a broken weblink with a traditional “bathroom lady” logo breaking a chain link. The group pinned down over 30 pairs of worn out women’s underwear onto a used queen size bedsheet to create Cunt Quilt (Traffic). Later that evening I reinforced their efforts with a borrowed sewing machine, complements of my Emmi Meyer who co-organized the event.

Stitch n Bitch participants with non-profit partner Cherise Charleswell, director of Journey Out.

Q1 Stitch n Bitch (Traffic) LA January 2019

Stitch n Bitch 6-10pm 1/17/2019 @Textile Factory DTLA
840 Santee St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2208, United States
Free and open to ALL genders. Snacks and materials provided. Free street parking in front of building after 6pm
text 305-742-7054 or 646-288-5824 or dm @Lambastic for building access

Building momentum and solidarity for the Women’s March in January, we will gather our community of feminists to build solidarity and craft a protest flag in our intersectional image on Thursday 1/17 6-10pm. In collaboration with Tomorrow Girls Troop TGT (international feminist organization) and Journey Out (sex trafficking survival organization); we will build consensus, pin down and stitch up our worn out women’s underwear onto stained, Queen sized bed sheets at a cozy craft night. Participants from all genders will create a new Cunt Quilt (the official flag for our Femilia) to be carried at the Women’s March in LA on 1/19. We will bear the flag on our backs like a superhero cape as a sanctuary space during the Women’s March. Snacks & materials provided. Free and open to the public. All genders welcome.

The quarterly Stitch n Bitch is a way to check in with your neighbors and engage participants from diverse backgrounds to share questions and experiences with different topics critical to the international women’s movement. Stitching in solidarity with victims of human trafficking, the Q1 2019 Cunt Quilt (Traffic) will be the 9th quilt created by feminists since the 2016 election. Human trafficking is a global epidemic whose victims are primarily women, girls and trans individuals. The conversation will be lead by Dr. Stephany Powell, Executive Director of Journey Out: a LA based non profit leading the fight for the freedom and survival of all those whose lives have been destroyed by sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation. According to a UN report, 80% of global human trafficking victims are women and girls; predominantly women of color from economically disadvantaged communities. The highest proportion of victims are abducted and transported to heavy consumer economies such as the US and EU for sex slavery. California is a major human trafficking hub with almost half of all US victims originating from Asia and Latin America. Recent crackdowns in LA and SF have only scratched the surface of a global epidemic whose underground market is difficult to quantify, and even more challenging to understand. Further investigation into modern slavery reveals a historic and systemic form of violence that is simultaneously domestic and structural.

Airing the nation’s dirty laundry since the 2016 election, thousands of self-identifying women have donated their used panties to the national Underwear Audit. Hundreds of feminists have sewn 8 Cunt Quilts and performed their citizenship at dozens of protests to honor the diversity of challenges we face in the fight for our humanity. Ranging from access to reproductive rights, to gender violence, housing vulnerability, LGBTQ visibility, economic inequality, immigration sanctuary, disability rights, racial justice, religious freedom and environmental protection; the spectrum and depth of our civil rights will become visible.

​We are concerned that the ​four leaders of the Women’s March, Inc. are supporters of anti-Semitic people and organizations.​ We clearly state that we don’t support anti-Semitism. We will still participate in the Los Angeles Women’s March because ​we think the March has grown into something beyond these particular organizers. It’s one of very few truly public opportunities that feminist immigrant artists, and women of color can relate to in this country and it has been the best opportunity for those women to show visibility.

Cunt Quilt History:
Reacting to the 2016 US election, the artist began a national Underwear Audit to collect worn out women’s underwear to sew onto Queen sized bed sheets at Stitch n Bitch craft salons. The Cunt Quilt dissent flag is then born on protester’s backs at marches to demonstrate an intersectional women’s movement. Stitch n Bitch participants celebrate the political heritage of women’s work such as Arpilleras Desaparecidos, Underground Railroad Codes, and Concentration Camp Quilts by creating a banner with their own message. While communicating their needs, the community will stitch an image in a democratic, crowd-sourced fashion. A performance of citizenship in three acts; the Underwear Audit accounts for our bodies, the Stitch n Bitch builds solidarity, and the Cunt Quilt holds our governing bodies accountable. This endurance project will continue until there is a woman in the White House.

Donate worn-out women’s underwear to:
Coralina Rodriguez Meyer
401 69th St #P103
Miami, FL 33141

Give us your poor, your tired, your worn out panties; yearning to breathe free! No matter the condition, they will be a revelation of the shameful, the sanitized, the washed up, the worn, the probed, the holy, the scarlet, the loosened, the exonerated, the secret and the secreted! #cuntquilt#underwearaudit#cuntcongress @Lambastic

Art is not in the service of pleasure; it’s a public service.
Mujeres Unidas, Jamas Seran Vencidas

Journey Out Los Angeles

Journey Out is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit leading the fight for the freedom and survival of all those whose lives have been destroyed by sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation. Their mission is to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. Survival, Hope, Freedom. The three most basic and necessary steps.

LAPD crack down on sex slavery

US Statistics on Human Trafficking

Massage Parlors

Beauty Industry & Human Trafficking

Americas Society statistics on Human Trafficking from Central, South America

UN report on human trafficking

Cunt Quilt (Home) at Queens Museum October 2018

October 28, 2018

Dozens of participants gathered on a crisp Fall afternoon for the Q4 2018 Stitch n Bitch at Queens Museum as part of the S.T.E.P exhibition opening. Feminists across the spectrum laid out a palette of donated women’s underwear on the museum floor in preparation for the latest City of Today for Feminine Urbanism flag. Cunt Quilt (Home) is a house logo with a symbolic “keyhole” opening in place of an inviting door and was co-created by a diverse group of individuals who discussed housing vulnerability from gentrification to globalization. After sharing stories of eviction, homelessness, nuisance abatement and immigration; the group consensus that housing is a basic human right was central to the discussion. Shortly thereafter, an image was formed by critiquing existing logos against the collaborator’s own experiences. Four hours later, a spectrum of vibrant, multi-colored panties were stitched and pinned onto a stained, Queen sized bed sheet to represent the intersectional feminist movement’s fundamental demand: Access to Housing.


Q4 Stitch n Bitch at Queens Museum

A Quilt is a Public Square

Stitch n Bitch Sunday 08/28/2018 1-6pm 

@ Queens Museum S.T.E.P. opening

Buildings are logos for culture. Returning to it’s origin story at Tomorrowland World’s Fairgrounds in Queens, The City of Today for Feminine Urbanism will be hosting a Stitch n Bitch to address the ongoing housing crisis in its many forms ranging from gentrification to globalization. The Q4 Cunt Quilt will be created in an image central to the immigrant and low-income urban experience: residential vulnerability. Today’s city habitat is a stark contrast from the utopian American Dream vision outlined by The City “documentary” film released at the 1939 World’s Fair. Or is it? An architectural version of Birth of a Nation: the film nostalgically depicts a utopian, suburban neighborhood falling victim to the evils of city life and it’s intersectional threats. Today, these isolated, single family subdivisions have been visually replaced by an equally segregated horizon line of skyscrapers whose sexy silhouettes are a bar graph of economic violence- only a decade after the housing crisis and nearly a century after the Great Depression. At eye level, poor doors and nuisance abatement evictions plague the modern industrial complex with homelessness and decreasing public space. In anticipation of a monumental midterm election, we will turn out and speak up over a public square in the form of a stained, Queen sized bed-sheet.       
We will perform our citizenship and discuss ways to decentralize our choir preaching as a survival strategy for the upcoming election during the Stitch n Bitch. Stitch n Bitches are craft salons where all walks of life are welcome to make and celebrate the political heritage of quilts such as Arpilleras Desaparecidos, Railroad Codes, and Concentration Quilts. Feminists including women, men and non-binary individuals gather to maintain citizenship, build consensus and constructively critique. Stitching donated, worn-out women’s underwear onto a Queen-sized bed sheet; participants will quilt politically relevant images in a democratic, crowd-sourced fashion. A protest flag for the City of Today for Feminine Urbanism (Femilia), the Cunt Quilt is born on protester’s backs at marches to demonstrate an intersectional women’s movement. A performance of citizenship in three acts; the Underwear Audit accounts for our bodies, the Stitch n Bitch builds solidarity, and the Cunt Quilt holds our governing bodies accountable. The project will continue until there is a woman in the WhiteHouse.


Queens Museum, formerly World’s Fair 1940: Women stitching a “Bachelor’s Fancy” pattern for the American Art Today Pavilion during the first anniversary of the national film release of The City 

Cunt Quilt at Flux Factory Queens Air Rights Exhibition April 2018

Air Rights Exhibition at Flux Factory  April 7th – May 12, 2018

Flag Raising, 5pm Saturday, April 7th The Windmill Community Garden Flux Factory

Curated by Christina Freeman

Cunt Quilt Air Rights Statement

The Cunt Quilt is the official flag for the City of Today for Feminine Urbanism to be flown at FluxFactory’s Air Rights space. Airing the nation’s laundry after the 2016 US election, the artist began a national Underwear Audit to collect worn-out women’s underwear to sew onto Queen-sized bedsheets by feminists at quarterly craft gatherings. Born on protester’s backs at marches, the quilts represent an intersectional women’s movement. A performance of citizenship in three acts; the Underwear Audit accounts for our bodies, the Stitch n Bitches builds feminist solidarity, and the Cunt Quilt holds our governing bodies accountable. The project will continue until there is a woman in the Whitehouse.

Like the Queens immigrant community (unwavering in the face of brutal forces), the Air Rights Cunt Quilt occupies a marginal, yet symbolic space in a larger movement. The Cunt Quilt migrates its origins from the “Arpilleras” (South American sculptural quilts) craft tradition to North America.  Arpilleras originated during the modern Chilean genocide and spread across marginalized communities. The forbidden narrative textile reliefs were a form of political resistance and economic independence made by mourning indigenous mothers with clothing scraps from their “Desaparecidos” (disappeared) children. Arpilleras were performed at protests and sold as subversive souvenirs depicting everyday life under the Pinochet dictatorship. Translated to the North American context – where quilt history ranges from Betsy Ross’ first American flag, to Sojourner Truth’s underground railroad maps and Suffragette sewing circles; the Cunt Quilts are a guide to building solidarity and making invisible women’s power present in North American politics.

Air Rights

While air rights are conventionally framed in terms of potential real estate development, the term legally defines who may “control, occupy, or use the vertical air space above a property.” Playing with this idea, air rights here point to the value of (vertical) community space as a site for creative expression, stemming from the first amendment of the Bill of Rights. In this series, artists are invited to occupy the air space traditionally reserved for governments, symbols of nationhood, and real estate developers, exercising their first amendment right to freedom of speech.

Coralina Rodriguez Meyer is an indigenous South-American Brooklyn based artist who translates structural violence into minority heirlooms. Raised queer between the rural American South and the Caribbean, she mends her mixed-race, latinx, semi-able identity into satirical booby-traps. Coralina performs her citizenship by engaging viewers to become builders of their humorous, hysteric future. She began building the City of Today for Feminine Urbanism in 2009 to propose intimate solutions for urban scale problems. After studying painting at MICA, she completed her architecture BFA at Parsons (2004), and studio art MFA at Hunter College (2013). Coralina held fellowships at the Artist’s Institute NY, SU Florence Italy and the UDK Berlin to study Nazi utopian architecture with Hito Steyerl. In 2012 she researched her Inca heritage at the Museo de Sitio Machu Picchu fellowship, to create works connecting the khipu social structures to urban American iconography. She has been a resident of Mildred’s Lane and the Bronx Museum AIM program. Coralina received awards from VSA Arts, the Kennedy Center, NYFA, Scholastics and Young Arts. She has been featured in the NY Times, Village Voice, Hyperallergic, Paper Magazine, Univision, Nylon Magazine and Jezebel. Coralina’s work has been exhibited at Bronx Museum, Miami Art Museum, the Smithsonian Museum International Gallery, Miami University Museum, Kunstlerhaus Brethanien Berlin, NYU Kimmel Center, Bitforms, Andrew Edlin, AIR gallery, KMAC Museum and the Corcoran.