GALLERYSIGN2FEMALE/FEMINISM 2017.  Illuminated by art world stars, the Chauncey/Stillman Gallery at the Lyme Academy is raising the ante for Southeastern Connecticut. The diversity of issues surrounding the focus of the exhibition, FEMALE/FEMINIST 2017 is mirrored by the diverse mediums and disciplines inhabiting the gallery spaces. All draw keen attention to while challenging traditional and contemporary notions and realities of what it means to be ‘female’. In a world where women’s issues remain diminished and unsettled and the very definitions of gender are becoming increasingly nebulous, this exhibition motivates the viewer to focus not only on female but beyond that to many it questions the limitations of binary thought.

FEMALE/FEMINISM 2017 is highlighted by leading edge art like Marilyn Minter’s video, “SMASH”, and Carla Gannis’ subversively amusing update on Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. The former finding the old master’s painting repopulated by emojis. The exhibition expands the range of women’s issues into the international arena with artists such as Pakistani ex-pat, Sophiya Khwaja, whose incisive works, “The C-Section”, and “A Backbone without Support”, revolve around traditional feminine work, the woman’s body, and the all too real physical threats to it, that are the reality for many women around the world.

Kudos to co-curators, Alva Greenberg and Nancy Gladwell for bringing this exquisite must see exhibition to Southeastern Connecticut. FEMALE/FEMINISM 2017 is on view through November 4, 2017, in the Chauncey/Stillman Gallery of the Lyme Academy – College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven, Old Lyme, CT


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