"American Sketches: The Ladies' Window at the New York Post-Office." Illustrated London News, 1875, artist: Henry Linton. From the Clara Goldberg Schiffer Papers."American Sketches: The Ladies' Window at the New York Post-Office." Illustrated London News, 1875, artist: Henry Linton. From the Clara Goldberg Schiffer Papers.
March 8, 2010 to October 5, 2010

The exhibition opens on Monday, March 8, 2010, and runs through Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and will be on view in the Schlesinger Library’s first floor exhibition area during regular library hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What is gendered space? Can we make connections between the ways gender plays out in society and the spaces we occupy? Inside/Out: The Geography of Gendered Space illuminates these questions by exhibiting items from the collection of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

Although gendered space can be analyzed across many disciplines, from architecture to anthropology, feminist scholar Kerstin Shands boils it down to two major types: bracing spaces refers to spaces of resistance and embracing spaces refers to safe or empowering spaces. This exhibition explores these types in relation to the domestic, urban, political, and artistic landscapes. Gendered space is everywhere—whether it is found in home design inspired by men's top hats, in urban sex-segregated spaces such as women’s hotels, in the hyper-politicized paths leading to abortion clinics, or in a feminist architect's building designs.

Inside/Out is organized into four sections: the private, public, political, and artistic. As you move through the exhibition, consider the items displayed with regard to bracing and embracing space. There is a video component to the exhibition, so at any point you may use the touchscreen monitor and headphones to view video clips that further demonstrate gendered space.