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FeatureShoot.com, May 7, 2015 – Before Denver-based artist Jen Lewis began using the menstrual cup, an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins, she hadn’t given much thought to the pictorial potential of the blood that appeared in her toilet each month. In 2012, she gingerly switched to the cup on the advice of her doctor, surprised to discover that when she discarded the collected fluid, it formed swirling shapes, both abstract and figurative, against the alabaster bowl. In collaboration with her husband Rob, Lewis embarked on what would become Beauty in Blood, a project devoted to subverting the stigma and shame that surrounds societal perceptions of menstrual blood.
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Jezebel.com, May 5, 2015 – When you get your period, and you’re doubled over with cramps and generally hating life, do you ever look at the toilet before flushing your ‘pon and think about how beautiful your menstrual cycle is? No?
Well, Denver-based artist Jen Lewis does,…
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The Huffington Post, May 5, 2015 – Jen Lewis' rather unorthodox email signature reads "Conceptual Artist & Menstrual Designer." It seems that a menstrual designer is pretty much what it sounds like…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Jen Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org
Reproductive Justice Art Show Needs Bloody Cash Infusion
Curator, Taboo-crusher & Menstrual Designer seeks matrons/patrons to back bold, risk-taking social justice exhibit dealing with the menstrual cycle & reproductive justice.
Widening the Cycle: A Menstrual Cycle
& Reproductive Justice Art Show
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street | Boston, MA
June 4 – 6, 2015 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 4th 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Free & Open to the Public
Boston, MA – April 27, 2015 – Emerging curator and feminist artist, Jen Lewis has planned a very special art exhibit addressing the human rights aspects of menstruation called Widening the Cycle: A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Show. This diverse collection of work, created by 36 artists from 10 countries, will be on display at the Menstrual Health & Reproductive Justice Conference being held at the Suffolk University Law School in downtown Boston on June 4 – 6, 2015. All are invited and encouraged to visit Widening the Cycle between the hours of 5:00 – 9:00 PM.
Deemed largely an “inappropriate fit” for the potential corporate sponsors and academic partners she contacted, Lewis is now turning to Fractured Atlas, their crowd-funding partner RocketHub and you for assistance. With the help of like-minded arts lovers, social disruptors and taboo-crushers, Lewis hopes to raise $9,100 in just 25 short days to cover Widening the Cycle exhibition costs, like installation materials and fees, artwork shipping, curatorial team travel to Boston and printing.
What makes Widening the Cycle such an interesting and worthwhile project to support is the fact it takes a risk for a reason. Widening the Cycle is a bold and ambitious effort to revolutionize the way society sees, perceives and thinks about periods through feminist art. It has the power make the world a better place for all bodies that menstruate by disrupting the present negative narrative and replacing it with a more positive one that reflects the real thoughts, emotions and experiences of menstruators. To back this visual art exhibit, visit http://rkthb.co/56389.
Widening the Cycle curator Jen Lewis is the conceptual artist and menstrual designer behind Beauty in Blood, a transformative macrophotography project that confronts social taboos pertaining to menstruation and the female body. She is also an active member of the Feminist Art Conference and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.
Further information on the Widening the Cycle can be found at http://www.wideningthecycle.com.
To register for the Menstrual Health & Reproductive Justice Conference, visit www.menstruationresearch.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Announcing “Widening the Cycle: A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Art Show”
An international visual art exhibit at the joint meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights
June 4 – 6, 2015
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
March 4, 2015 – The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) and the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights are pleased to present Widening the Cycle: A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Show. This bold collection comprised of artworks created by 38 artists from 10 countries reflects a growing demand from menstruaters for a new perspective on periods, one that is no longer rooted in silence or shame. This thematic exploration of the menstrual cycle and issues related to reproductive justice will be on display June 4-6, 2015 at the Suffolk University Law School.
Widening the Cycle is a social justice art show that threads together global voices to raise consciousness about menstruation and reproductive justice through feminist art. After attending the 2013 SMCR conference, emerging artist Jen Lewis was inspired to curate a visual art exhibit that would connect artists with activists, advocates and academics in order to affect maximum social change. Menstruation is a human right that must be made visible in order to become part of the bigger gender equality discussion.
This unique group exhibition features painting, photography, installation, sculpture and multimedia works. Participating artists include: Hiba Ali, Diana Álvarez, Dana Baker, Holly Bittner, Danielle Boodoo-Fortune, Gabriella Boros, Byron Keith Byrd, Mod Cardenas, Stephanie Dragoon, Derya Erdem, Alicia Everett, Johanna Falzone, Tiffany Paige Gaudet, Ingrid Goldbloom-Bloch, Suzy Gonzalez, Virginia Kennard, Jess Larson, Tory Leeming, Jen Lewis, Isabelle Lutz, Lucy Madeline, Phoebe Man, Sarah Maple, Elaine Marie, Sadie Mohler, Petra Paul, Victoria Paige, Kyle Peterson, Sara Raca, Dafna Rehavia, Mary Rouncefield, Gwenn Seemel, Giuliana Serena, Nichole Speciale, Jena Tegeler, Jennifer Weigel and Deb Wiles, and features the Exquisite Uterus Resistance Project.
Curator and exhibition planner, Jen Lewis is Conceptual Artist and Menstrual Designer behind Beauty in Blood, a bold, transformative macrophotography project that confronts social taboos pertaining to menstruation and the female body. The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1979 by a multidisciplinary group of women who were pioneers in understanding the centrality of menstrual cycle research to women’s health. Founded in 2003, the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights (CWHHR) at Suffolk University is the first academic institute in the United States to focus on women's health and human rights in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and public policy.
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