The Intersection of Arts and Activisim:

Addressing Sexual Violence and Gender-Based Oppression

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

In the fall of 2019, Women4Change and dozens of Indianapolis organizations banded together to present El Tendedero/The Clothesline Indiana, a locally engaged activation of Mónica Mayer’s 1978 work addressing violence against women. Exhibiting in all 92 Indiana Counties at over 150 events, El Tendedero has created a space for Hoosier women to share their stories, heightened awareness of  violence against women in Indiana, and pushed for the Indiana legislature to define consent within state law. 

Moderator Shannon Linker (Vice President, Arts Council of Indianapolis and director of Gallery 924) 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. 

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

November 12
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. 

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 11

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


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.

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.