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Authors Oprah Winfrey, Jane Goodall Included in Activist Art Installation

Equal rights activists, artists, and married couple Gillie and Marc Schattner are bringing gender-balanced public art to global cities with their new initiative, “Statues for Equality,” which aims to introduce statues of living women to cities that favor statues of male figures (so, most cities). New York will be the first city to display 10 of the artist-couple’s statues, all of which will pay tribute to living women. Authors among these women will include renowned public figures Oprah Winfrey (author of What I Know for Sure) and Jane Goodall (author of In the Shadow of Man).

According to the couple’s website, fewer than 3% of public statues in New York depict women, and even fewer depict historical women who made or are making significant contributions to society—as opposed to children’s book characters. Writers, world leaders, researchers, and more will debut at 1285 Avenue of the Americas on August 26th, 2019.

 

A statue of Eleanor Roosevelt sits at West 72nd Street and Riverside Park. Image Via Wikipedia Commons.

 

Gillie and Marc are perhaps best known for their widely popular sculpture The Last Three, a massive work featuring three life-sized northern white rhinos stacked precariously on top of one another that was installed at Astor Place and which was intended to immortalize the three remaining northern white rhinos in the world. (Since the statue’s debut, the last male northern white rhino has died while two females are still alive; all three are depicted in the sculpture.) The statue is now located at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas. According to their website, Gillie and Marc have nicknamed themselves “the world’s most loving artists” due to their tendency to focus on humanitarian causes in their work.

 

Gillie and Marc’s Astor Place installation ‘The Last Three.’ Image courtesy of Gillie and Marc Schattner.

 

In addition to Goodall and Winfrey, the summer installation will also feature Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, P!nk, Tererai Trent, Janet Mock, Tracy Dyson, Cheryl Strayed, and Gabby Douglas. You may recognize Harriet Tubman (St. Nicholas Avenue and West 122nd Street) and Joan of Arc (West 93rd Street in Riverside Park) as two of the existing five statues of historical women figures in the city—sculptures depicting fictional figures include Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Fearless Girl.

There are no plans for the statues to remain permanently at 1285 Avenue of the Americas after the exhibition closes, but the team’s website emphasizes that Statues for Equality is a global initiative, and the sculptures will likely travel. Gillie and Marc will expand their initiative to other cities after the New York launch and are still accepting nominations from the public for future statues.

 

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons.

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Nicole Kidman to Star in Adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s ‘The Female Persuasion’

Maybe you’re already a fan of Nicole Kidman’s work on the award-winning adaptation of Liane Moriary’s Big Little Lies and are waiting in anticipation for Season 2 of the HBO series. While you will have to wait a while longer (many speculate that it won’t air until sometime next year), you can start getting excited about Kidman’s next project: a film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel The Female Persuasion.

 

The book, which was published just over two weeks ago by Riverhead Books, follows a shy college freshman named Greer who hopes that her life will be changed after she meets Faith Frank, a woman who has been at the center of the women’s movement for decades. Faith leads Greer down a new, more exciting path, but while Greer could not be more exhilarated, she slowly begins to realize that life still has a few curveballs to throw at her and that reality is not what she made it out to be.

 

The Female Persuasion

Image Via Penguin Books Australia

 

The adaptation will be produced by Kidman’s production company Blossom Films, which also produces Big Little Lies. Kidman herself will be starring in the all-important role of Faith. According to Entertainment Weekly, Kidman hinted last week at developing the project and posted on Instagram that she “didn’t need to be persuaded” to adapt the novel.

 

Kidman

Image Via Just Jared

 

Kidman is partnering with Lynda Obst to produce the film. Obst has served as a producer for such memorable films as Sleepless in SeattleHow to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, and Interstellar and more recently has worked on television shows such as Hot in Cleveland and Good Girls Revolt

 

There isn’t a tentative release date for the film yet, but in the meantime, do yourself a favor and read the novel. You can find it here on Amazon.

 

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