San Francisco is mandating a female-representation quota in public art

    By: Nor Attisha on Oct 09, 2018

    Annalisa Merelli writes, “Like most other spheres of public life, art has a representation problem. For instance, there are dozens of sculptures in Washington. DC. As of 2016, only 12 are of women, and only five are actual historical figures. (The others tend to be things like female representations of “memory” or mythological creatures like sea nymphs.) New York City’s Central Park has over 20 statues celebrating men and their achievements. There are none representing a non-fictional woman from real-life history.

    This is a disparity that affects most (if not all) other cities. In San Francisco, of 87 public statues depicting non-fictional figures, only three are of women: Nurse Florence Nightingale, and former city mayor (and current US senator) Dianne Feinstein. So, the city has decided to tackle inequality by policy, through an innovative measure: Public art quotas. It’s sort of like affirmative action, but for art.”

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    Released: October 9, 2018, 10:19 am
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