Seat at the Table Exhibition
January 1 - September 30Free
Learn about women’s right to vote and equality 100 years later
Seat at the Table is perfect for a Women’s History Month teaching unit!
The Seat at the Table exhibition is temporarily closed for in-person visits because the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is closed. When the Kimmel Center reopens, the exhibition will be open during box office hours. The exhibition is free and appropriate for children age 8 and older and adults of all ages.
The exhibition links the past to the present, connecting historical stories with contemporary issues. The goals are to raise awareness and start conversations around women’s suffrage and its ties to current social movements, and to inspire the next generation of civic engagement working toward gender equality.
The stark statistics of inequality are experienced as infographic furniture and physical interventions throughout the space. Huge infographics, that also function as public seating, show disparities in diversity and leadership across multiple industries. Visitors are invited to take a seat at a board table, step up to a presidential podium, or ride a bike to “exercise your right to vote,” contemplate these disparities, and imagine a different scenario. Bold graphics and large quotes guide visitors to experience more of the exhibit throughout the space and serve as a reminder of the challenge and pathways to progress. Small tables offer statistics from 18 occupations from 2016-19, inviting visitors to take a seat and consider the representation of women in the workforce and what these numbers mean individually and collectively.
A wall of six touch screens introduces visitors to 18 pioneering women who represent an array of arenas—activism, politics, business, STEM, communications, sports– over the past one hundred years and more. Read their inspiring words, see their pictures, and be moved by the stories of historic and contemporary women who have been and continue to be agents of change. Vote for the Women 100 goal that is the most meaningful to you.
Seat at the Table was commissioned by Vision 2000. It was conceived and designed by DOME Collective, an experience design studio in New York City, and curated by Talbott Exhibits and Planning of Philadelphia. Both firms are women-owned businesses.
Teachers wishing to schedule class trips to the exhibition when the Kimmel Center reopens are invited to download Vision 2020’s free Exhibition Educator’s Guide and asked to schedule their trip by contacting Kathie Cronk at the Kimmel Center: KCronk@KimmelCenter.org or 215.790.5819.
If you are visiting the Kimmel Center for the first time, you may want to take advantage of the free, one-hour tours offered daily at 1p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis (maximum 20 guests per tour). Specialty Art & Architecture tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. one Saturday a month. Groups may schedule tours of the Kimmel Center at other times by calling 215-790-5886 to make a reservation. The Kimmel Center campus is ADA compliant.