The #MeToo Moment: Art Inspired by the Reckoning

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Today, we present artwork inspired by the cultural reckoning — made by you, our readers.

Judy Chicago established the first known feminist-art program in the United States, in the fall of 1970, at the California Institute of the Arts. Later, she formed the art collective known as “Womanhouse” because, as she put it, “women artists were simply not taken seriously.”

Two decades later, the Guerrilla Girls forced attention to the fine art world’s gender and racial disparity with their gorilla masks and guerrilla-style stunts. (“Guerrilla Girls’ definition of a hypocrite?” read one poster. “An art collector who buys white male art at benefits for liberal causes, but never buys art by women or artists of color.”)

From Picasso’s Guernica — observed as a cry against the atrocities of the Spanish War — to the graffiti of the Arab Spring, social movements and injustice have long inspired art of all forms. The #MeToo Moment is no exception.

We asked readers to submit work on this theme. In her piece above, the Michigan-based illustrator, Libby VanderPloeg, showcases the concept of momentum: "When people join forces,” she explained, “they can exert greater leverage over a situation.”

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