Edgewise

Finding a Voice in a World Made for Men

March 1, 2022 to September 3, 2022

This exhibition amplifies the voices of formidable women, queer, and non-binary people who have found ways to get a word in edgewise in a male-centric society. The Museum celebrates the voices and achievements of those Illinoisans who would not be silent.

The stories told in this exhibition are the words and deeds of those Illinoisans who have made waves: artists, scientists, designers, teachers, homemakers, mothers, authors, performers, and dreamers. We honor their struggle, courage, fortitude, and passion. Some of the stories speak to power, fighting injustice, and violence. Others are personal stories embedded in the determination to succeed or survive. Yet, all of them shine a light into the time and place where they lived, showing us the obstacles they had to overcome as well as the triumph of getting a word in edgewise.

Organized by Elizabeth Bazan, Erika Holst, Tracy Pierceall, and Doug Stapleton

Deborah Maris Lader. Motherhood, 2006. Etching and chine. Gift of Molly Day & John Himmelfarb.
  • Deborah Maris Lader. Motherhood, 2006. Etching and chine. Gift of Molly Day & John Himmelfarb.
  • Sky Cubacub, Rebirth Garments. Photo by Grace DuVal
  • Greer Lankton Self Portrait, c. 1993. hand colored photocopied photograph. Courtesy of JoJo Baby, Chicago, IL
  • Trish Williams, Winter Celebration, 2005. Cotton. Gift of Trish Williams
  • Calendar, 1959. Illustrations by Laura Slobe (as Laura Gray). Commercially printed, publisher unknown. Private collection

Visitor Information

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Admission: FREE
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