October 27 to December 9, 2016
GLAMOUR, is a sexy, playful and most of all politically astute exhibition dealing with issues of glamour and its visual representations in contemporary culture. Inherent in this show are political questions surrounding issues of gender and sexual fluidity as they relate to beauty and desire. In an increasingly connected world, visual imagery can often take on its own agency, challenging previously held ideals of beauty and allure. Within this evolving culture, where new technologies shape the way images are developed and consumed, glamour continues to be powerful because of its ability to entice and seduce while simultaneously revealing truths about our deepest longings and insecurities. CAG’s show, GLAMOUR exists within this gray area between the mask and the reveal, showcasing important work wrestling with representation in a world that is obsessed with looking.
The artist are: Kate Cooper, Matthew de Leon, Steve Gianakos Jocelyn Hobbie, Juliane Huxtable, Zanele Muholi, Ryan Trecartin. Shannon Plumb, Cindy Sherman and Mickalene Thomas.
Prior to the show’s opening reception will be the symposium – GLAMOUR: A dialogue Concerning Looks & Looking. With artist, poet, DJ and performer Juliana Huxtable: A Brooklyn based artist, DJ, performer and poet declared by Vogue critic Mark Guiducci the “Star of the New Museum 2015 Triennial.” Black Contemporary Art Tumblr last year proclaimed, “Juliana’s voice is integral in this time, because she truly is a beacon of hope. She exists at the crux of almost every type of intersectionality, but still thrives.”
Micki McElya A UConn professor who teaches Courses concerning the histories of women, gender, and sexuality. Her book, clinging to Mammy, won a 2007 Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. In 2008, McElya’s was named a “Top Young Historian” by the History News Network. Her current book project is title, Liberating Beauty: Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, and Miss America.
Matthew de Leon – a graduate of UConn’s Department of Art & Art History who today is a New York based artist and graphic & media designer. Along with his artistic accomplishments, de Leon received the, Brooklyn Nightlife Award for Drag Queen of the Year in 2015.
Professor Anke Finger’s research focuses on modernism, media studies, digital humanities and aesthetics. She holds the position of Assistant Director, Media Studies and Digital Humanities within UCONN’s Humanities Institute, and is also affiliated with the University’s Department of Digital Media and Design.
Professor Clarissa J. Ceglio teaches within UConn’s Digital Media and Design. Ceglio is a United States cultural historian working at the intersections of digital humanities, museum studies, and public humanities. Much of her research focuses on the affective, rhetorical, and other roles that artifacts—material, visual, and digital—play in constructing national and social imaginaries. She often collaborates with a range of partners on interdisciplinary public humanities initiatives and scholarly communications research projects.
Barry A. Rosenberg, CAG Director and exhibition curator.