Art+Feminism is pleased to announce that McKensie Mack has been appointed Director. Mack (pronouns: they/them) was brought on as Program Coordinator in 2017, to support the exponential growth of the global initiative. “McKensie quickly made themselves invaluable, revitalizing our core leadership group with new ideas and insights into existing processes,” said Art+Feminism co-founders Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, and Michael Mandiberg. “They’ve facilitated the growth of the project in Latinx countries and fundamentally changed the scope of the project. In advance of becoming a non-profit, the choice of Director was clear.”
Of the appointment, Mack said, “I am honored and ready to be named the Director of Art+Feminism. During my tenure, I will work to expand our global community focusing specifically on West Africa, Asia, and South America in addition to developing new partnerships in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom with local communities who are willing and ready to shift culture and establish new pipelines for accountability, trust, and partnership through history written, edited, and preserved by marginalized people about marginalized people.”
Mack’s goals for the project are informed by their ethos: “I believe in Black and brown people. I believe in women and their power. I believe in the liberation of LGBTQ communities. I believe in the power present in each and every one of us, regardless of our varied interactions of identity - to do our own work so that we may not ask but demand and take our power back. That's why I joined Art+Feminism two years ago, because of those beliefs; beliefs which I carry with me every day. Our history matters; now, let's go tell it.”
McKensie Mack is an anti-oppression consultant, performance artist, and writer leveraging the reach of pop culture and satire to envision a world without white supremacy and genderphobia. Their body of work challenges the marginalization of Black and brown, women, queer and trans folks as a "normal" part of our everyday lives. Mack uses the examination of history, the irony of pop culture, and the absurdity of normalized implicit and explicit biases to facilitate difficult conversation about gender and race. Mack is a University of Chicago graduate and a linguist who is fluent in three languages. Mack hails from Mississippi but is now based in Chicago, and on any given weekday, they can be heard twirling while saying "I am amazing. I am a masterpiece."
Founded in 2014 by Siân Evans, Jacqueline Mabey, Michael Mandiberg, and Laurel Ptak, Art+Feminism is an international activism platform intended to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. Approximately 16% of editors globally identify as women and this lack of participation has led to significant gaps in content on the world’s most popular online research tool. Since 2014, over 10,000 people at more than 800 events around the world have participated in Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons, resulting in the creation and improvement of more than 33,000 articles on Wikipedia. The project has expanded to include an art commissioning program, curatorial collaborations, and a podcast. Foreign Policy Magazine named the founders Leading Global Thinkers and Art+Feminism has been covered widely in the press. Art+Feminism is based out of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with nodes at the Center for Curatorial Studies Library, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; ICA Boston; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Asia Art Archive & M+, Hong Kong; The Menil Collection, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Lenbachhaus München; Yale University, New Haven; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Princeton University; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and hundreds of other locations.