Revealing | August 14 - October 17, 2020
The 965 Project Gallery presents Revealing. Clothing, hair, and accessories have the power to create protective yet expressive personal statements that enable the wearer to feel connected to culture, movements, organizations, etc.? They also have the power to undermine preconceived notions when it comes to gender, race, and sexuality.? Masculinity and femininity are tropes that often dictate socially acceptable appearance, gender-roles, careers, activities, and relationships cross-culturally. More than ever, we are seeing individuals breaking through barriers of what is expected of them to perform within the bounds of their assigned gender, race, culture, or sexuality. We are also seeing repercussions from the anonymity of uniforms that make it easier to inflict violence upon the bodies that wear them for the sake of the team.?
Revealing explores the ways in which articles of clothing, hair and accessories carry within them connotations of normative behavioral expectations by exhibiting artists that address traditional conventions of gendered appearance. This exhibition focuses on fashion to create conversations surrounding societal presumptions about individual personal expression, allowing for toxic behavior to be addressed, and creating room for the celebration of marginalized communities. These conversations aid in subverting confining limitations and draw attention to the popularity of aggressive and violent professions, hobbies, and behaviors.
Artists exhibiting in Revealing are Paisley Rose Amrien, Drew Austin, Clay Hawkley, and Audrey Twigg. This exhibition was co-curated by Kristin Smith and Grace Gutierrez, former 965 Student Curators, with the assistance of Shari Myers and Molly Quinn, current 965 Student Curators. The 965 Project Gallery is a student-led space that provides premiere professional development opportunities to students interested in fine art curation and arts administration.