In 1971, the German sculptor Ursula Meyer contributed to an open forum “What is feminist art? Is their a feminine sensibility” in the short-lived, but influential journal Women and Art.  The image accompanying Meyer’s statement, titled Washington Memento: Gagged (1971) takes the well-known statues outside the National Archives (above), and tweaks the Female, by covering her mouth (detail below), and reversing the inscriptions so that it is she who now exhorts us to “Study the Past” The reversal combined with the gag emphasizes that women have been stifled in terms of speaking the past, despite the frequent use of the female in allegorical depictions of history.  




Annoyingly I’ve not been able to find anything else out about this image, such as it exhibition history or circumstances surrounding its creation.

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