Advancing Women Artists Foundation is planning a series of satellite events across the globe. During the first week of International Women’s Month, March 1 to March 8, museums, universities, libraries, galleries, community centers and other cultural institutions around the globe are invited to participate in AWA around the World, by organizing the screening of one of the AWA’s documentaries on the restoration of art by women, such “Invisible Women” or “When the World Answered.” By launching an appeal for the creation of ‘live’ events across the globe, the Foundation intends to create a connection between art lovers and institutions that share Advancing Women Artists’ goal of rediscovering the cultural heritage of little-known women artists.
Event hosts can sign up to participate by filling in an online form. Participating institutions will be featured as event partners on the AWA website, in the Foundation’s magazine “Inside AWA,” as well as being included in their press/social media campaign linked to this year’s Women’s Day initiative.
The 27-minute long “Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence” is the result of five years of research to uncover, rescue and support art by women, whether exhibited or in storage, in Florence’s museums.
Also running 27 minutes is “When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood.” This video introduces the 20th century artists who donated their art to replace works lost in the 1966 flood of the Arno River in Italy.
“The Lady Painter: Violante Siries Cerroti (1709-1783)” is a short 11-minute video about a restored masterwork by 18th century painter Violante Siries Cerroti, that was damaged in the Florence flood of 1966, but which opened the door to the artist’s rediscovery.
Finally, “The First Last, Plautilla Nelli’s Last Supper” is a 3-minute trailer about Plautilla Nelli’s Last Supper, the largest painting by an early woman artist in the world. In storage for over 450 years, this 21-foot long masterpiece will soon be restored to its original dignity.