March 22 - May 12, 2018, Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
An exhibition in honor of Women's History Month, featuring contemporary works by international artists supporting the advancement of women's rights. Spring Selections features Lalla Essaydi, Aida Muluneh, Nnenna Okore, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Wesaam Al-Badry, Blessing Ngobeni, Omar Victor Diop, Gordon Parks, Hendrik Kerstens and Julian Opie. The exhibition presents a dialogue on female injustices and the ways women mobilize resistance in the Middle East, South Africa, United States, and more. Additional recent works by Ben Aronson and Scott Fraser will also be displayed as previews for their upcoming solo shows occurring later this year.
Despite hailing from different countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Lalla Essaydi and Wesaam Al-Badry both use photography to examine Western perceptions of Arab women. Through portraits that emphasize his subject's personality and cultural attributes, photographer Omar Victor Diop displays the diversity of modern African societies. Expressing the profound struggles experienced by Ethiopian women, Aida Muluneh confronts the viewer in her latest series, The Memory of Hope, with the declaration that people should not "hope" but provoke for the future that they desire. Speaking to the long march of advancement toward political equity for women of color, Gordon Parks and Blessing Ngobeni create a dialectic of methods of resistance between quiet individual actions and bold demonstrations. Also prominently featured in Spring Selections are the works of Nnenna Okore, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Hendrik Kerstens, and Julian Opie. While Okore's environmentally conscious sculptures expand the societally imposed classifications of black female art to limitless possibilities, Fullerton-Batten and Kerstens meditate on the transition from adolescence to womanhood and the fleeting essence of childhood. Like Kerstens, Opie references the poses of Old Masters portraits to further elevate the status of his contemporary female subjects.