Sunday, January 31, 2010

Trying Them On

from Humble Arts Foundation:

Applbtms, from Hoodwink, 2009 © Helen-Maurene Cooper

Trying Them On
Presented by Humble Arts Foundation and Hendershot Gallery

Curated by Jon Feinstein

Exhibiting photographers: Claire Beckett, Helen–Maurene Cooper, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, and Michael Bühler-Rose

On view through February 27, 2010

Hendershot Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 504
New York, New York 10001
212.239.3085 |

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11 – 6 p.m.

This group exhibition explores the fascination with "the other" through gendered, sexual, racial and subcultural costuming. The exhibiting photographers depict Europeans and Westerners who glamorize and vilify other cultures, at times presenting them as the enemy, while at others declaring them a cultural muse. On the surface, the latter appears to be an attempt to understand or elevate them, but in many cases this actually leads to further complication by turning their identities into caricatures. This exhibition also explores the motivations for this role-play: is it an act of mere flattery? What does it mean to try on the skin or cultural signifiers of another?

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