'Traversing Gender' at SNHU's McIninch Gallery

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
SNHU Communications Office

The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University will present “Traversing Gender” from Sept. 20 through Oct. 23. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibiting artists include Hannah Barrett, Jesse Burke, Caleb Cole, Jess T. Dugan, Lauren DiCioccio, Lalla A. Essaydi, Elisas Johns, Steve Locke, Mary Ellen Strom, Triiibe, Suzanne Sinclair and Rune Olsen (courtesy of Gallery Houk in New York, and Gallery Kayafas, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Judi Rothenberg Gallery, Samson Projects, and Walker Contemporary in Boston).

Selections for this exhibit traverse gendered representation in contemporary art and provide an array of stories that reveal how we adopt various roles, either masculine or feminine, and how these interpretations are visually constructed. “Traversing Gender” includes political, social, economic and religious content that gives way to broader implications illustrated in a disparate selection of photography, painting, installation and sculpture. 

Locke presents a unique array of portraits, brightly painted with quick drawn brush strokes. The paintings are micro views of daily occurrences among men: dressing, shaving, drinking beer. Cole assumes various roles of both men and women in his photographs, which are charged with allegory. Strom reflects on women in gender throughout history in her video projection of her contemporary model Andrea Hendrickson posing after “The Surprised Nymph” by Edouard Manet, 1859-1861. Stylistically she has captured the portrait with a perfect rendering using a new medium, relative to that of Manet’s day. Is Manet’s Nude more acceptable as it stood the test of time? Are we still uncomfortable with nudity as it is presented in the 21st century? Sinclair drafts and then lightly paints images of women that hark back to Playboy centerfolds of the 1960s, reminding us indirectly of feminism’s rush to save women from puppetry. DiCioccio offers yet another point of view of gender in art by exploiting the feminine crafts of sewing and needlepoint to construct objects that are equally relevant to men as well as women.

Please call Debbie Disston at 603.629.4622 or e-mail m.gallery@snhu.edu. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

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