YO Ukraine!

Our second selection for the #5WomenArtists challenge in honor of Women’s History Month is artist Deborah Kass.⁠

Yesterday, she worked with staff from the Brooklyn Museum to wrap her iconic yellow sculpture OY/YO “to show solidarity with Ukraine and its diasporic communities worldwide fighting for sovereignty and democratic freedom.”⁠

The Brooklyn Museum explains:⁠

“Kass hailed ‘Glory to Ukraine’ as she reflected on her grandparents, who were from a small Jewish community near Kyiv. Her activation aligns with her original motivation in creating this sculpture—to connect communities and to see our commonalities… The fabric wrapping is a nod to the late Christo, the Bulgarian-born artist who famously wrapped cultural monuments and buildings in fabric, notably the Reichstag Building in Germany and the Gates in New York City’s Central Park.”⁠

A League alumna, Ms. Kass studied at The League from 1968—1970 and more recently presented at the 2021 Gala.

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