September 28, 1999 Geneva, NY – Hobart and William Smith Colleges are proud to announce the unveiling of the suffragist statue designed and created by A. E. Ted Aub, a professor of art at the Colleges since 1981. His work, “When Anthony Met Stanton,” will be unveiled at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 15, on the shore overlooking VanCleef Lake in Seneca Falls. The event is being coordinated by Gov. George E. Pataki's office. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Aub was commissioned by the state last year to design and sculpt the three life-sized bronze figures in honor of the 150th anniversary of the first women's right convention. The statue recreates the moment when Amelia Bloomer introduced Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1851. The statue will serve as a memorial to the state's heritage in the women's rights movement. “When Anthony Met Stanton” depicts Bloomer's and Anthony's arms interlocked, symbolizing women's solidarity. Bloomer is wearing her pants costume. Stanton is outdoors without a hat, showing her willingness to change the structures of society's conventions. Both Anthony and Stanton are striding forward, foreshadowing the women's rights movement. Aub said that he has given Stanton a book to hold as an expression of Stanton being the intellectual force behind the movement. “Stanton was the message and Anthony was the voice of the movement,” Aub said.
Aub said sculpting such a monument carried extra pressure because of its prominence. “It was important not only to do an excellent sculpture but also to convey the spirit of the event with accuracy. I am thrilled and honored to have created this statue,” he said.
The unveiling will occur as part of the “Stanton and Anthony Weekend in Seneca Falls” which will be highlighted with a series of events attended by PBS film makers Ken Burns and Paul Barns of Florentine Films.
Burns and Barns created the PBS-TV documentary, “Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,” which will be previewed as part of the Stanton and Anthony Weekend. Burns and Barns will attend a reception sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges in honor of A. E. Aub from 7 until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15, at the Women's Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Tickets to the reception are limited and may be obtained by contacting Jan Caraccilo at the Seneca Falls Historical Society at 315: 568-8412.
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