Powerful Images of Women Championing Freedom by Bonnie Lautenberg

by | Mar 13, 2023

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These artworks are especially trending during Women’s History Month, and the months of March and April are peak tourism months when millions of travelers visit South Beach.

Lady Gaga by Bonnie Lautenberg, from her Pop Rocks series (New York)

Lady Liberty: A Bonnie Lautenberg Retrospective features more than 30 works by Lautenberg, and premieres several new works created especially for this museum show which are being exhibited for the first time.

Bonnie Lautenberg is an artist, photographer and writer based in New York and Palm Beach. Her works have been featured in gallery shows, museums and art fairs throughout the country.

In 2022, Lautenberg was appointed by the White House to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts (PACA) which sustains and guides the Kennedy Center, the National Cultural Center of the United States.

“Our museum is thrilled to premiere this retrospective of Bonnie Lautenberg’s images of women shining a light on liberty,” says Susan Gladstone Pasternack, the Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. “In capturing the independent spark of these women through her art, Bonnie Lautenberg reminds us we should never take our freedoms for granted.”

The Museum is located in South Beach at 301 Washington Avenue, in the historic Art Deco District and is the State of Florida’s official museum dedicated to telling the story of more than 250 years of Florida Jewish history, arts and culture.

“I am so honored to be selected by the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU during, especially at this time when women’s issues are at the forefront,” says Bonnie Lautenberg.

2016 ‒ Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures paired with Mark Bradford’s painting Tomorrow is Another Day (both from 2016). Archival giclee print (4 ft. x 3.5 ft). Digital collage by Bonnie Lautenberg (2021). from Lautenberg’s Art Meets Hollywood series.

Brief Encounters series by Bonnie Lautenberg (New York)

The Fabulous Rosa DeLauro at a White House Event, by Bonnie Lautenberg (2009). From Lautenberg’s Brief Encounters series. Archival giclee print (3 ft. x 2 ft.)

Another new work by Lautenberg is titled Wanted, honoring the historical icon Harriet Tubman who bravely led enslaved Black people to freedom in the 1800s without ever getting caught (pictured below) —

This diptych features one of the notorious “Wanted” posters from that era that slave owners used in the 1800s to try to capture Tubman. Lautenberg juxtaposes historic images of the American abolitionist next to actress Cynthia Erivo who portrayed the freedom fighter in the 2019 film HarrietIn her later years, Tubman was an activist in the movement for women’s suffrage. 

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