November 11, 2010 - January 7, 2011

Reception, November 11, 2010


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

Opening Night Programming

Artist Performances

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

Exhibition Programming

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 Porter/

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Purchase the Exhibition Catalog:

Tomboy, $6.00

Press and Reviews:

Chicago Tribune Review

New City Review: "Recommended"

New City Focus on Dana DeGiulio: "Eye Exam: A Thing and Its Other"

Tomboy listed in the top 5 curated exhibitions of 2010 in NewCity

Columbia Chronicle, "Workshop, Interactive Art Show"