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SPECTRUM: exploring gender identification

SEPTEMBER 27 - NOVEMBER 18

OPENING RECEPTION - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 5-8P

Rora Blue, Don't

image shown: Rora Blue, from the series "Don't"

SPECTRUM brings to MCLA Gallery 51 a reflection and conversation on the gender continuum—exploring cultural and social issues of gender roles, norms and identification. The work include in SPECTRUM examines masculinity, femininity and gender identifications between and outside of this binary.

The 29 national and international artists in the show have used their artistic voice to examine, question, confront and critique the relationships between gender and society.

"This exhibition turns to the ability of artists to confront the status quo and challenge cultural standards, providing a framework for discussion and change through visual arts." - Arthur De Bow, MCLA Gallery 51 Curator

The exhibiting artist are:  ADAM ATKINSON, KATINA BITSICAS, RORA BLUE, ANA CIGON, AARON COBBETT, 
BUG DAVIDSON, ALEXANDRIA DETERS, LOU EBERHARD, ELISSA RAE ECKER, RAUL GONZALEZ, KENNETH GUTHRIE, KEAVY HADLEY-BYRNE, MARGARET HART, EVERETT HOFFMAN, KIANA HONARMAND, KATIE HOVENCAMP, VAUGHAN LARSEN, GEORGE LORIO, JOHN MANION, CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS, FELICITA MAYNARD, CAITLINN ROSE O’BRIEN, RACHEL O’DONNELL, KYLE QUINN, SHAWN ROWE, SAIRO, ABBY TAYLOR, BREA WEINREB, MONICA VELEZ.

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Additional Programming:

What We Ask of Institutions: Art, Race, and Protest Today

October 16, 6-7p MCLA Design Lab

Expanding on ideas presented in her recently published book "Whitewalling: Art, Race and Protest in 3 Acts," join Aruna D'Souza for a free, public lecture at MCLA Design Lab (49 Main St.)

The talk will be followed by a Q+A session. 

Parker Bright 

Aruna D'Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, and has been published as well in The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, Art in America, and Art Practical, among other places. 


Her book, Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts was published by Badlands Unlimited in May 2018. She currently editing two forthcoming volumes, Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader, which will be published by Thames & Hudson, and A Presence Which Signals Absence: Lorraine O'Grady Collected Writings 1977-2018.

This talk is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

Why Representation Matters: A conversation about the role of museums

November 8, 2-4p MCLA Gallery 51

(part of MCLA's Day of Dialogue events)

BCRC director Michelle Daly will lead the group in a conversation that explores how artists and art institutions are responding to the colonial legacy of the museum. Using recent controversies at the Walker Museum (Sam Durant's Scaffold) and the Whitney Biennial (Dana Schutz’s Open Casket) as our jumping off point – we will discuss how contemporary art museums and arts institutions are grappling with these questions. While also considering how an expanded understanding of art, which considers the cultural position of the artist, moves us away from the traditional neocolonial structures of (western) art history.

SPECTRUM: embodied

November 16-17 various locations

Co-curated by Michelle Daly and Bryanna Bradley '17. Join us for 2 days of performative work related to the Gallery exhibition SPECTRUM. 

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