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MASHONDA TIFRERE IS A KING WOMAN

Nestled in the Flatiron district of downtown New York lies a spacious gallery with a nondescript sign. The gallery, called Pen + Brush, boasts two floors totaling 5,000 square feet of exhibition space comprised expressly of female artists. But you wouldn’t know it from first glance. This is by design, according to the organization’s executive director, Janice Sands. Pen + Brush’s current exhibition on view, which opened October 12, is called “King Woman,” an oxymoronic term that the curator of the exhibit, Mashonda Tifrere, chose inspired by a past experience. The way in which the term first came to her conscious understanding is, in and of itself, illustrative of the exhibition’s very objective.

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