SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity

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On View: March 15 – June 25, 2016

Location: ArtsWestchester Gallery at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY 10601

Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 12-5 PM / Sat 12-6 PM

SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity explores what it means to be a woman in contemporary America. In an age that so heavily emphasizes identity, women of all ages struggle with the trappings of being female and with their own self-perception. SHE explores the concept that femininity, and gender generally, is a grand performance piece — a constant play between societal “norms” and self-definition.

The 11 exhibiting artists work across media and engage with themes of the body, self-presentation, a woman’s “proper” space, gender roles, and feminine personas. Many of the works draw on accessories and accoutrement that are identified with traditional notions of femininity (handbags, bras, doilies, nail polish, ) transforming these items into vehicles for witty reflections on modern womanhood. SHE will debut several new works as well as commissions specifically for the exhibition.

Browse through our complete list of SHE related events and workshops.

View the full SHE Exhibition Brochure.

Curated by: Kathleen Reckling

ARTISTS:

NICOLE AWAI
(Brooklyn, NY)
VALERIE PIRAINO
(Brooklyn, NY)
LAUREL GARCIA COLVIN
(Chappaqua, NY)
MARI OGIHARA
(White Plains, NY)
NANCY DAVIDSON
(New York, NY)
KATHY RUTTENBERG
(New York, NY)
MARCY B. FREEDMAN
(Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
BARBARA SEGAL
(Yonkers, NY)
DEBBIE HAN
(New York, NY)
TRICIA WRIGHT
(Kingston, NY)
REBECCA MUSHTARE
(Oswego, NY)

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS & WORKSHOPS


SHE Innovates: STEAM DAY 2
CyberThreads Jewelry with Exhibiting Artist Rebecca Mushtare (Ages 13+)
Saturday, June 4, 2-4:30 PM
FitBits ® and Apple Watches are just some of the wearable technologies taking over the fashion industry. Create your own piece of fashion-forward tech couture that lights-up at your command!

Private Words/Public Lights with Girls, Inc. (High School +)
Saturday, June 4, 1-3 PM
An electric poetry writing workshop. Producing your own self-reflective prose then bring it to life in LED lights.

RSVP to:
gallery@artswestchester.org or 914.428.4220 ext. 330.

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Eco-Style II:
Adorned with TEDx presenter Debra Rapoport
(Upper Elementary, Middle, High School)

ArtsWestchester, White Plains
Saturday, June 11, 1-4 PM

Getting dressed and accessorizing is our daily act of self-expression. Transform found materials into a unique and fashion-forward bracelet or wristband.

RSVP Required. Sign-up early, space is limited!:
gallery@artswestchester.org or 914.428.4220 ext. 330.


OFFENSIVE:
Images of Women in Advertising
A Talk with Marcy B. Freedman (High School+)

ArtsWestchester, White Plains
Saturday, June 18, 5 PM

Artist and art historian Marcy B. Freedman discusses the role women played in advertising – not as members of an ad team, but as the object of advertisements.

RSVP to:
gallery@artswestchester.org or 914.428.4220 ext. 330.


SHE Artist Talk & Closing Reception at ArtsWestchester
Artist Talk: 5:00PM
Closing Party & Craft Beer Tasting: 6:00-8:00PM

ArtsWestchester Gallery, White Plains
Saturday, June 25, 5-8PM

Join us for a final farewell to SHE, the exhibition the New York Times called “visually stunning,” where the “mastery and intensity on display is consistent throughout.” Exhibiting artists share the stories and inspirations behind their work at 5:00PM. From 6-8PM, toast the artists with fresh brews from New York State craft beer artisans.


Men Talking to Boys:
Tackling Domestic Violence (Ages 12-31)

Presented by the African American Men of Westchester
ArtsWestchester, White Plains
Saturday, April 23, 6PM

Please check back for event details as we will be announcing them shortly.
Presented by the African American Men of Westchester, workshops, discussions, and panels designed for young focusing on recognizing and preventing domestic violence. Designed for men aged 13-21, but open to all.

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