So did Schoenstadt make history this weekend? In the way that Kane’s photograph became a historic record of Harlem’s legendary jazz community, no. The hundreds of women artists who gathered on Sunday represent various generations, backgrounds, types of art, creative motivations, and communities—to pigeonhole them simply as women artists is diminutive. But Schoenstadt’s photo op was a success in that she got us thinking about the cultural climate in which this event is happening and the historically embedded issues that women artists are still facing.
While the event has been portrayed as a congratulatory and celebratory moment, it should also be a wake-up call that women artists still have a long way to go. It’s not a question of making history—it’s a question of fighting it.