Emma Thorne-Christy is an activist, artist and exhibit designer based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a proud feminist, cat lady, and public history buff. Emma is the founder of Exhibits of Humanity, a collective of activists, designers and storytellers applying the power of the exhibition to contemporary social issues in order to raise consciousness, encourage dialogue and inspire individual and collective change.
Laughing Matters: The Experiences of Women in Stand-Up Comedy, their most recent exhibit, explores workplace gender discrimination through the lens of stand-up comedy. The exhibition is on view through July 31, Tuesdays through Sundays, 12 – 7pm + special programs at Nous Tous Gallery in Chinatown.
We asked Emma what influenced her ideas for this exhibition.
I am very interested in social practice and pushing the boundaries of art. Here are some of the people, places, and things that I find interesting and influential.
Emma’s List – Pushing Boundaries
- Other Wild – A store in Los Feliz (and NYC) that has capitalized on the feminist movement.
- Women’s Center for Creative Work
- Downtown Women’s Center
- Common Ground: The Heart of the Community exhibit at the Japanese American Museum
- Los Angeles Holocaust Museum
- Museum of Broken Relationships
- Museum of Jurassic Technology
- Dioramas by Mar Cerdá
- The “Open Engagement” Conference
- Comedian Mo Welch and her Blair comics
- Makers documentary on the history of women in comedy (free to view here)
Conference director and founder Jen Delos Reyes shares an open letter on Open Engagement. The feedback and criticism that Open Engagement receives each year helps us move forward, but as Angela Davis stressed in her keynote lecture, it is possible to have criticality and care. The conference works hard to keep improving this site for the field. This work is constant and never done. We look forward to continuing to create this space alongside the communities, allies, and institutions invested in this work. Photo credit Gemma Rose Turnbull. Follow the link in our profile to read the full letter.
It's Yuri Kochiyama's 95th Birthday and @google is celebrating by making her the #GoogleDoodle of the day 🎉 "It is with great pleasure that Google celebrates #YuriKochiyama an #AsianAmerican #activist who dedicated her life to the fight for #humanrights and against racism and injustice." Yuri's granddaughter wrote a series of posts about her on Discover #Nikkei using archive material from our @jamuseum collection. Link in bio. #JANM #museum #art #exhibition #education #birthday #LittleTokyo
Feminists whose genders and nationalities vary, Tomorrow Girls Troop produces internet-based, art projects focusing on gender inequality issues in Japan and Korea. Their work addresses ideas, such as autonomy, empowerment, sexual agency, rights, etc… in ways that are easy to digest, whether it be pop-culture, media, or academia. On Sunday from 7-9pm, they will briefly introduce Japanese and Korean feminism movements from 1st wave to 4th wave and introduce their own work, followed by a Q&A session. Following the discussion there will be a workshop for making fememe (Feminist meme)! They will provide papers and pens. But please feel free to bring your own tools such as inks or laptop to make memes. It can be text, drawing, or the both.