The Moral Museum: Selections from the Bick Archive
A multi-media installation by Cindy Smith
January 20-March 31, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20, 4pm walk-through with the artist followed by a reception until 7pm

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The Moral Museum: Selections from the Bick Archive is a multi-media installation created by New York artist Cindy Smith that began as a critical examination of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film "It’s a Wonderful Life" and ends as a compelling reflection on the birth and history of the movement for Women’s Rights in America—a battle raging with renewed vigor today. Smith gives "naughty girl" Violet Bick, played by Gloria Grahame, the limelight and has created a fictional life history that takes Violet from the filmic "Bedford Falls" to the actual town of Seneca Falls in New York (home to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848) that Capra used as his model for the location of the movie. Stepping in rhythm with artists like Jeffrey Vallance and authors like Gregory Maguire, Smith has produced both a past and future for Violet by including people and events outside of the period and social constraints of the film. The multi-media exhibition offers an illustrated timeline via objects, photographs, letters, film clips and interviews, of Violet’s life from her days as a humble dress shop owner to becoming a successful continental businesswoman fighting for Women’s Rights in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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