The exhibition, which continues January 20 and 21, featured 240 small-scale works by emerging and established artists. Some created pieces specifically for this show, and all agreed that monies from works sold would go to Planned Parenthood Arizona.
Although some pieces stood out, including Ann Morton’s dainty white cloth embroidered with the message “we are fucked” in red and blue, much of the artwork was merely meh.
Organized by five local artists, “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite” was inspired by a similar exhibition created in New York City, which sparked like-minded exhibitions around the country and in several additional countries.
Its title is inspired by the third presidential debate, when Trump (still president-elect as of this writing) decried opponent Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman.” Artists featured in the Phoenix exhibition responded to a call for art addressing the possible rollback of rights for women, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.
That partly explains the relative lack of fiery material in the show. But it’s also possible that Phoenix artists aren’t yet digging deep enough into their own anger, fear, or pain. They’ve got another four years to go there, and we absolutely hope it happens.
What version of the “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite” exhibition people saw Friday night depended on when they got to the gallery. The approach resulted in good sales – more than $11,000 at first count, says Dragon, who hopes to reach $20,000 during closing weekend. But finding half-empty walls was frustrating for latecomers.
To assure there would be ample art for this weekend’s final “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite" events, organizers issued another call for art. As of noon on Thursday, January 19, they’d received nearly 100 additional works. But take note: You won’t see them all unless you arrive when the gallery's doors open Friday night.
Rosemarie Dombrowski, first Poet Laureate for the City of Phoenix. The exhibit is free, but organizers suggest a $2 to $10 donation during performances.
It’s tough to predict what quality of art you might find there, but “Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite” is undoubtedly a glorious celebration of community. And sometimes, community trumps art.
Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version to include newly announced Saturday hours.