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May Stevens

May Stevens, We Are the Slaves of Slaves: Lucy Parsons, 1980, verifax print, with acrylic, 27 ¼ x 22 11/16 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Lucy R. Lippard, 1999 (1999.15.223). © May Stevens. Photo by Cameron Gay.

May Stevens

American, 1924 - 2019

May Stevens is an American artist who was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1924. She often used her art as a mode of social and political commentary. The paste-up aesthetic of these works can be connected to Stevens’ membership in the Heresies collective that founded and published Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics out of New York from 1977 –1992. Through a combination of handwritten text, quotes and photocopies from books and archives, Stevens’ composite images emphasize the roles women have played in society.