Tomboy examines the degrees to which identity and gender
influence meaning in the work of six contemporary queer women artists.
From painterly gestures to performative acts, sculptural installations
to digitally altered photographs, this exhibition explores the variety
of approaches artists take in negotiating notions of identity. These
works turn away from the essentialism of early feminist art and the
specificity of “identity art,” and instead employ identity in
intentionally ambiguous, mercurial, and peripheral ways. Tomboy
delves into the murky spaces between the personal, the political, and
the formal in order to ask viewers the question: “can and should what we
know about an artist be separated from how we experience their work?”
Artists: Kelli Connell, Dana DeGiulio, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Mary George, Allison Halter, Leeza Meksin
Indoor 5k, run with Mary George, 4:30-6:30pm. (To join the 5k, meet the artist and get your numbered race bibs in the lobby of 1104 S Wabash from 4:30-5:00.)
I Will Always Love You, interactive performance by Allison Halter, 5:30pm
Accompanying Lecture, “Crossing the Line: Genre & Identity”, a reading and lecture by award-winning author Dorothy Allison, 7:30pm in the Conaway Center adjacent to the Glass Curtain Gallery
Natural Gym Workshop: Work with Mary George on her
installation The Cult of the Endorphin during the run of the exhibition.
Sign up to learn how to create “natural gym equipment” out of logs,
rocks, and other found materials.
Cafe Society: Cafe Society is a salon style discussion hosted by Critical Encounters. Join curator Betsy Odom for a discussion of the exhibition. Nov. 16, 4 to 6pm in the Glass Curtain Gallery.
Gallery Talk: A candid discussion with Tomboy artists and the Columbia College student organization Common Ground. December 6, 1-2pm, Glass Curtain Gallery. Open to classes and the public.
Exhibition Contact: Contact: Mark Porterfirstname.lastname@example.org/312-369-6643