Changing the Ratio

In 2014, less than 15% of U.S. gallery exhibitions were dedicated to female artists. To YBCA, that ratio is unacceptable.

Female Artists at YBCA

Since 2017, YBCA has focused on monographic, retrospective exhibitions of some of the most important female artists of our time. These women are changemakers who have led the way in using art to shift culture.

From prescient feminist Lynn Hershman Leeson to Cuban artist-activist Tania Bruguera to the female-led collective Futurefarmers to social practitioners Suzanne Lacy and Andrea Bowers, YBCA champions women who are creating new civic imaginaries and redefining what it means to work in the public realm.

The five exhibitions are curated or co-curated by YBCA’s Director of Visual Arts Lucía Sanromán and include new commissions and scholarly publications.

Projects in the series

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar
(February 10–May 21, 2017)

Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power/ Hablándole al Poder
(June 16–October 29, 2017)

Futurefarmers: Out of Place, in Place
(April 20–August 12, 2018)

Suzanne Lacy: A Retrospective
(working title)
(April 20–August 3, 2019)

Andrea Bowers: Looking Back to Look Forward
(working title)
Fall 2019

Changing the Ratio Circle of Advisors

The Changing the Ratio Circle of Advisors is a group of generous individuals who are instigating and inspiring a more equitable art world through their financial support. Learn more how to participate.

Special thanks to the Changing the Ratio Circle of Advisors: Abundance Foundation, Berit Ashla, Diana Cohn, EMIKA Fund, Jennifer C. Haas Fund, La Mar Cebichería Peruana, Rekha Patel, Catalina Ruiz-Healy and Jonathan Kevles, Vicki Shipkowitz, and Meg Spriggs. Additional support from the Facebook Artist in Residence Program and the Selvage Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation.