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WEAD MEMBERS AND WOMEN’S ART HISTORY TRANSFORMING THE MUSEUM INTO AN EDIBLE LANDSCAPE, Wu Mali, 2008.March is U.S. Women’s History Month.  WEAD joins with The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

These goals mirror WEAD’s global mission statement:  to educate others, to promote, network and support all women artists working with critical issues of eco and social justice.

Beyond March WEAD will continue to mark 2020 as Women’s Year—especially noting the U.S. 100th anniversary of achieving Women right to vote.  Let’s celebrate 2020 as Women’s Decade, and beyond, Women’s Century. 

The future is ours to shape, but the historical work that has come before functions as our foundation.  To properly commemorate our past, present and future histories, WEAD here spotlights 10 members’ work, one per day for the next 10 days.ARTIST NO. 1

EDIBLE TAIPEI, Wu Mali, 2008, Taipei Biennial.Wu Mali (born 1957) is the “godmother” of Taiwan’s socially engaged art. Since the 1990s she has produced a series of highly influential projects, among which, Art as Environment—A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek (jointly produced with Bamboo Curtain Studio) won the Taishin Arts Award in 2013, the most prestigious art prize in Taiwan. Parallel to her practice, she led the translation of two important texts, Suzanne Lacy’s Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art and Grant Kester’s Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art, into Chinese. In 2007, she organized the landmark conference “Art and Public Sphere: Working in Community”—and later edited a volume of the same title—to unite local practitioners, theorists, and officials. She is a dedicated teacher, and now heads the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art at National Kaohsiung Normal University. Recently she has also been active in building regional connections; in 2014 she curated a large exhibition titled Art as Social Interaction, showcasing socially engaged projects of 30 artists and groups from Taiwan and Hong Kong. – Zheng Bo

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