The #metoo movement has dominated much of the news this past year. While an increasing number of survivor stories have surfaced, the actual number of people affected has been difficult to quantify. In January of 2018, the National Study on Sexual Harassment conducted an extensive study in which they found 81% of women and 43% of men said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault in their lifetime. Those numbers are staggering.
Curator Jane Fulton Alt shares, "Last fall social media sites were saturated with #metoo posts. I was privy to a confidential Facebook conversation in which a woman shared her story. With the support and encouragement from others, she confronted her perpetrator. Much to her surprise, he apologized profusely, acknowledging his responsibility, opening a path for her to move forward with her life. This conversation was the catalyst for organizing this exhibition. Many of the exhibiting artists were investigating sexuality and the lingering consequences of unwanted attention long before #metoo."
The artists selected for this exhibition are:
WHITNEY BRADSHAW…Outcry…a grid of women screaming
MIRIAM PETERSON ELDE…Misperceptions…intimate silver gelatin self portraits
JENNIFER GREENBURG…Revising History…vernacular images reimagined
LYDIA PANAS…Promise Land…portraits suspended between hiding & being seen
MICHELLE ROGERS PRITZL…The Response, Delayed…unique tintypes
KAUSHIK SUNDER RAJAN…I Pray to be Slightly Haunted by Her Ghost…a fragment about femininity and the male gaze
STEPHANIE TAIBER…Resonance…images inspired by Virginia Woolf
The exhibition also includes Open Call…a video including image and text from photographers around the country. The public will be invited to share their thoughts on the “In Your Words” post-it wall.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
Curator Jane Fulton Alt began exploring the visual arts while pursuing her career as a clinical social worker. Her work investigates the life cycle and the human condition. Alt is a three time winner of Photolucida’s Critical Mass for her Katrina and Burn portfolios. She has authored Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories of New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward, The Burn, and her Crude Awakening portfolio was printed in multiple publications worldwide. Alt has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work can be found in many permanent collections. www.JaneFultonAlt.com.
August 2 – 26, 2018
August 4, 5-7 p.m., opening reception
August 9, performance by poet, actor and educator, McKenzie Chinn and a conversation with the artists
August 11, noon – 6 p.m., portrait session with exhibiting artist Whitney Bradshaw
All events are free and open to the public.