I recently took part in the Angra Museum’s International Women’s Day Luncheon in conjunction with my Seven Social Sins exhibition currently on display. While I knew March was considered Women’s History month, I was unaware March 8, was International Women’s Day until I was asked to take part in the museum’s event.
Since I am a woman, and many of my works feature strong feminist themes, one of the event’s coordinators thought it would be interesting for guests to additionally take part in a guided tour of my exhibition after lunch event. I was honored to be included. Also, currently on display and included in the event was a tour of the Aparência e Quotidiano exhibit, a fascinating collection of antique women’s clothing and furnishings.
When I arrived the tables were beautifully set with charming center pieces. The fruit, ribbon, and twine were visuals cleverly alluding to imagery found in my work. A poem written by a female Portuguese poet was also neatly tied to the apple. It was a very windy day, but the architecture surrounding the gorgeous stone courtyard blocked the wind, allowing only fresh air and cheerful sunlight to permeate. The scent of food drifted through the air, and I felt flattered I was even asked to be there.
About seventy-five people attended the event. It would be utterly arrogant of me to assume that all or even the majority of those in attendance were there because my name was in the event title. I assume supporting the fantastic museum; an amazingly delicious lunch and understanding the importance of women as a whole were more than likely people’s primary motives for attending the event. However, it was an opportunity for more people to view my work, and I was able to meet a more nice and interesting creative humans. In all honesty, I my artist talk left something to be desired. I suppose that was due to a combination of my difficulty speaking about my conceptual mixed media works, and the language barrier. Luckily, people were still very cordial to me despite my shortcomings, and additionally, the aforementioned event coordinator was able to speak on my behalf about my works in Portuguese—for which, I am very grateful.