On Friday, June 16, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon celebrated the opening of the historic Shaker village and the exhibition Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage. Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation, and private donations, the exhibition explores Shaker Founder Ann Lee’s original assertion that God was dual, both male and female, and the impact of that belief on the roles women played in the spiritual and secular activities of Shaker society. The exhibition draws on more than 75 artifacts from Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s collections.
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Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.