The Clothesline / El Tendedero Indiana:

Artist Conversation with Mónica Mayer and Karen Cordero Reiman

The Clothesline / El Tendedero Indiana: Artist Conversation with Mónica Mayer and Karen Cordero Reiman

Mónica Mayer’s 1978 work El Tendedero transformed a symbol of traditional feminine roles into a forum for conversation on violence against women. Since then, El Tendedero has been presented around the world, raising awareness and sparking conversation and inspiring action within each community. Join artist Mónica Mayer and art historian Karen Cordero Reiman for a conversation about the history of El Tendedero, social practice art and their impact. Special Introduction from Women4Change. 

A link to this event, hosted on Zoom, will be sent to registrants prior to the event.   

November 11
Free / Registration Required

Mónica Mayer

Mónica Mayer studied Visual Arts in Mexico, received an MA in Sociology of Art from Goddard College and participated in the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. Her work as an artist includes performances, drawing, writing, teaching and activism. She founded Polvo de Gallina Negra (Black Hen’s Dust) – the first feminist art collective in Mexico- with Maris Bustamante in 1983. In 1989, with Victor Lerma she started Pinto mi Raya, a long term applied conceptual art project whose goal is to lubricate the art system and has led to the creation of an important archive.  Mayer has published several books, including Rosa chillante: mujeres y performance en México (Bright Pink: Women and Performance in Mexico). She had a column in El Universal newspaper for twenty years. She has participated in major international exhibitions such as WACK: Art and the Feminist Revolution and Radical Women. Latin American Art. 1960 – 1985. She is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores (National System of Creators) with a project on art and archives. 

Karen Cordero Reiman

Karen Cordero Reiman is an art historian, curator and writer based in Mexico City. She is the author of numerous publications in her areas of specialization: twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican art; the relationship between the so-called “fine arts” and the so-called “popular arts” in Mexico; the historiography of Mexican art; body, gender and sexual identity in Mexican art; and museological and curatorial discourses in Mexico.  In addition she has had a continuous participation in museums as curator, advisor and researcher. Currently she works as an independent researcher and curator, as well as on personal creative projects that relate art, literature and history. Cordero has curated several exhibitions of Mónica Mayer’s work including the major “retrocollective” show of her work in 2016 at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) in Mexico City and has written and lectured extensively on feminist art in Mexico. 

El Tendedero/The Clothesline Indiana project is supported by Ann Stack, in partnership with Women4Change, the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking and over 75 additional  Hoosier organizations.  Visit  for more information. 

November 12

The Intersection of Art and Activism:  Addressing Sexual Violence and Gender-Based Oppression


Moderator Shannon Linker will lead a panel discussion including, El Tendedero artist Mónica Mayer, to unpack how artists and organizations can be catalysts for change and engage community to bring an end to rape culture and the systemic oppression of women.

Installation view of Mónica Mayer (Mexican, b. 1954), El Tendedero/The Clothesline Indiana (detail), conceived 1978, activated 2019–2020 in collaboration with Women4Change, mixed media, various dimensions. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of the Artist and Women4Change, with the generous support of Ann M. Stack. Photo by Samantha McCain Veach. 

Don't forget! Newfields is closed during daytime hours on Thanksgiving Day. Newfields will be open in the evening for Winterlights and will reopen during daytime hours on Friday, November 27. Winterlights is sold out Thursday, November 26 through Saturday, November 28.