Re-imaging Gender features the work of 15 promising artists who take on one of the most important challenges facing contemporary art: how to render the modern spectrum of gender, going beyond the simple male/female binary to include a wide variety of identities and sexualities.
The Re-imaging artists, MFA students enrolled at CIC universities (Big 10, plus Chicago), responded to an IRWG-issued Call for Art. The result is an exhibition of 17 works in a variety of media, including photography, paint, lithograph, mixed media, and video, to reflect new understandings of gender.
The artists come from as far east as Rutgers University and as far west as the University of Nebraska. Some re-imagine classic images like Manet’s Olympia and Grant Woods’s American Gothic, while others use novel means--fungi, maps, challenging postures--to capture their startling visions. Some works reveal ambivalence, while others embrace exciting possibilities.
Re-imaging Gender (#RIGender) is organized and sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. It is part of IRWG’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Several of the artists, including the first and second place finishers, will be on hand to discuss their work at the opening reception.