Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Exhibition Overview


Darkroom Mirror
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Darkroom Mirror, 2017, archival pigment print, 51 in × 34 in

As scandals continue to rock the arts and media industries, there’s no better time for this 40-artist show exploring gender constructions. “We started organizing Trigger long before Trump’s election, but the election only brought into even starker relief issues that have long plagued this country, particularly around race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability,” said Sara O’Keeffe, an assistant curator of the exhibition. The artists in the show – which includes a performance by Vaginal Davis, a video installation by Mickalene Thomas and a sculpture of a braid that winds from the lobby to the fourth floor by Diamond Stingily – “have long been dedicated to challenging oppressive orders, imagining other futures, and reflecting on how we understand and represent ourselves amid this contested terrain”, O’Keeffe said.

(Photo: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Darkroom Mirror, 2017, archival pigment print, 51 in × 34 in, Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York)

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