Becoming Male

Shannon Plumb, Shalmont Field, (still), 2004, from Becoming Male

Here is a project currently on view in Pennsylvania, America that focuses on the production of artwork by women artists who use the mediums of video, photography and performance to transform themselves into a male persona…
Becoming  Male
Freedman Gallery, Albright College
13th & Bern Streets Reading, PA  19612
– until April 20, 2014
Albright College’s Freedman Gallery will present Becoming  Male, curated by Erin Riley-Lopez, Curator of the Freedman Gallery, on view from February 18 through April 20. From the visual arts to popular culture—whether in commercials, television shows, movies, or through artwork—gender, and its various constructions, is at the forefront of thought and debate. Should we be pinned down, particularly to one idea or notion of gender—male vs.female? Or can we exist between both? Does a plurality of selves exist within us?  Becoming  Male  examines the development in American contemporary art since the 1970s of women artists, working in performance, photography, and video, who transform themselves into a male persona, exploring the way gender is conceived of and constructed, concentrating on themes of identity, self-portraiture, passing, and archetypal figures. Artists in the exhibition include Danielle Abrams, Eleanor Antin, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Shannon Plumb, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, and Martha Wilson. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour, comprehensive catalogue. On view in the Project Space, as a complement to Becoming Male, the Freedman Gallery is also pleased to present Like Other Girls Do, a film by Melissa Potter about the last surviving member of a Montenegrin tradition in which a girl is brought up as a boy in a household with no male heirs.To learn more about the exhibition, please visit
www.albright.edu/freedman.full image credit:
Shannon Plumb,  Shalmont Field  (still), 2004
Single-channel video, black and white, sound, 4:22 minutes
courtesy Shannon Plumb and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York

About Anthony Kelly

Anthony Kelly is an artist who works in a variety of media and areas including sound, video, improvisation, painting & print. www.anthonykelly.net

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