In 2014, when the League of Women Voters of the City of New York—a storied, 100-year-old advocacy group—organized a voter registration drive outside of City Hall, they knew just which artist to contact to help energize the event: the First Lady of Graffitti.
Born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, Lady Pink (Sandra Fabara) began graffiti writing in 1979 while attending the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. As a young woman in a male-dominated scene, Lady Pink made her mark by embracing her fearless and assertive persona, a reputation that was cemented by her lead role in the 1982 hip hop film Wild Style and her appearance in the 1983 photography book Subway Art.
The League of Women Voters commissioned Lady Pink to do a live painting session during the 2014 event. The result was an exuberant, 8 foot by 12 foot canvas executed in the classic New York graffiti style that says “Vote” in richly illustrated letters. In the intervening years, the work became a key piece of imagery for the League of Women Voters and is now a treasured part of the New-York Historical collection. Experience it up-close on our fourth floor.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.