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Current Exhibition

Seeing Citizens

Seeing Citizens: Picturing American Women’s Fight for the Vote

March 23, 2020 to October 3, 2020

In response to decades of sexist pictures, suffragists constructed a visual vocabulary that challenged ideas of women’s place in society, expanded notions of citizenship, and laid the foundation for modern media politics.

This exhibition presents the images that leading activists wanted the public to see—and some that they wanted to hide.

Picks & Finds

[Henrietta "Lilla" Kenney handpainting photographs. Izetta Jewel Papers. Image ID W546029_1. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

The Gender of Coloring

In the early days of photography, images were described as spoiled, tainted, or ruined when touched by the wrong hands—in language that mimicked what was used for young ladies’ reputations.

[Paper doll and outfit by Elizabeth W. Tyler, ca. 1933. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library]

Elizabeth W. Tyler: A Passion for Fashion

The papers of artist and designer Elizabeth W. Tyler recently opened to research at the Schlesinger Library.