And Still I Rise
Exhibition of the work of Bunny and Charles Burson
Political art has been an important part of my art practice. I have addressed voting rights, women’s health and now I turn the unexpected outcome of the 2016 election into an inspiration for women.
Focusing on the presidential election of 2016, I am using the actual confetti, which was to have heralded an historic election: that of the first woman to become President of the United States. The glass ceiling at the Javits Center was to have virtually shattered and the confetti resembling shards of glass was to have cascaded down on us. The actual confetti, which had been loaded into air cannons never fell, but are part of an installation now projected across the gallery and are encased within the assembled snow globes to punctuate our work going forward.
This exhibition was designed to inspire, to motivate, to encourage all of us to stay engaged and to give us the courage and vision to act. It is a reminder that elections matter, that women’s rights, voting rights, all of our rights need to be fostered and protected.
With the glass ceiling and confetti as metaphors and Maya Angelou’s words as the title to this exhibition, I hope to empower young women and little girls to dream big, to believe in themselves, to break their own glass ceilings.... and to finally break that highest, hardest one.
Politics and governance have been at the heart of Charles’s career. He has participated from the grassroots to the White House. More recently however, he has adopted photography as his medium of expression. He was with me at the Javits Center pursuing his photojournalism election project when he captured this image of the Javits Center ceiling, looming over us, but never springing to life.” Bunny and Charles Burson, December 2017.
About Bunny Burson
Bunny is a St. Louis based artist. She received a BA in French from Tulane University, which included a year at the Sorbonne in Paris. She earned a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Recent awards include an artist residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and the Washington University School of Art Award for Distinction. Her recent limited edition artist book, Hidden in Plain Sight, has been acquired by Princeton University, Smith College, The Library of Congress, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Perez Art Museum Miami, and the Memphis Brooks Museum.
Burson serves on the National Councils of Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado and of the Washington University Sam Fox School of Art in St. Louis, Missouri and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dieu Donné in Brooklyn, New York.
About Charles Burson
After a career in government (State Attorney General of Tennessee, White House counsel and chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore), law (private practice and General Counsel Monsanto) and teaching (Senior Professor of the Practice at Washington University Law School), Charles began taking photography classes at Anderson Ranch, and reinvented himself to become a photojournalist. His most recent body of work centers on the Presidential Campaign of 2016.