Artist Talk with Women’s Mobile Museum artists: Shasta Bady and Danielle Morris

Women’s Mobile Museum

As part of the Women’s Mobile Museum events, this virtual event will feature the artists below.  After you RSVP, we will send you a link to the virtual event closer to the time. This event is open to GW students only.


This event is open to the GW community (students, staff and faculty members).


Shasta Bady, a born and raised Philadelphian, is an aspiring scientist, visual artist and sporadic papermaker. Through her art, she aims to celebrate the depth of our connectedness and commonalities. Her influences include Lyndsey Addario, Sebastiao Salgado and Malick Sidibe. She enjoys exploring the subtleties of light and color and staying available to visual spontaneity.


Danielle Morris is a self-taught photographer who mainly works in street and self portraiture. With a conceptual approach, Morris absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. Her works are often about the contact between urban architecture and the living elements of feminism. Morris focuses on the idea of the feminine in “public space,” or more specifically, on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment. This includes the non-private space, the non-privately owned space and space that is expressed through proximity to her subjects and their otherness to her sense of femininity. Morris is an advanced photography instructor at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center who received a curatorial internship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and was a teaching artist in Drexel University’s Writers Room residency and a contributing artist in the 2018-19 Women’s Mobile Museum residency led by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi. She has exhibited in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the Works on Paper Gallery and the Colored Girls Museum’s 2019 “In Search of the Colored Girl” exhibition. Morris was also a contributing artist in the 2018 SPACES Residency "Home Court," led by visual artist Shawn Theodore. She has exhibited at the Barnes Foundation through “Let's Connect Philly,” where she placed in the top 20 of the participating artists. Commercially, she has worked with Apple, Bulgari, Louboutin, Roc Nation and Tiffany and Co.


About the Women’s Mobile Museum:


“Who makes the art shown in museums and galleries?” “Who are these spaces for?” “Who is an artist?” These are the central questions behind the work of the Women’s Mobile Museum that drove the year-long collaboration between Philadelphia artists Afaq, Shasta Bady, Davelle Barnes, Tash Billington, Iris Maldonado, Danielle Morris, Shana-Adina Roberts, Carrie Anne Shimborski, Muffy Ashley Torres and Andrea Walls as well as South African artists Zanele Muholi and Lindeka Qampi. Each of the Philadelphia artists was selected through an in-depth application and interview process for a year-long funded opportunity to explore and develop new work. Collectively, the work of the Women’s Mobile Museum interrogates access to the arts and challenges who is educated by and represented in arts institutions. Compelling imagery asks us to question housing, urban social infrastructure, memory, racism and gaze in what it means to make a photographic portrait.


Please review the work of the artists, interviews with artists, designers and curators in the Women’s Mobile Museum Magazine.




The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is excited to host Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94), a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibit will be built through community participation August 25, 2020 to February 1, 2021, and is accompanied by virtual programming, teaching resources, and more. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation is simultaneously taking place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally in 2020.


We invite you to participate and explore the rich materials, such as reading lists, audio files and playlists, and virtual events connected to this exhibit. Throughout the fall semester we will be completing the toe tags representing lives lost and installing them on the map of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona installed in the atrium of the Corcoran Flagg Building.