Monday, February 2, 2009

Hysteria: Past yet Present

This coming Thursday Hysteria: Past yet present opens at Rutgers University. I was thrilled to be included in this exhibition so I am flying in for the opening. Its been over a year since I've returned 'home' to New York. Two self-portraits from my Repository series are included along with three new images from my Hysteria series photographed at the Mutter Museum. I wish the above photo "Eros & Thanatos” was one of mine. Maybe the photographer, Cortney Andrews will want to trade. Please join us at the opening.

February 5 – April 9, 2009
Opening Reception - Thursday, February 5, 5pm – 7pm

Hysteria is an elusive, psychosomatic, even mythical disorder, impinging on our physical, cultural, and moral concerns. It is often characterized as a mercurial state of disturbance that can be manifested in both a psychological and physical sense. The word “hysteria” comes from the Greek work hystera, a term applied to disturbances of the uterus. Addressing this topic, a number of contemporary artists have dealt directly with the work of European medical professionals Sigmund Freud and Jean-Martin Charcot by creating artwork that mirrors aspects of their studies. This exhibition will explore hysteria in relation to gender construction, feminine identity and pathologization, and sheer physical form given to the condition in the imagination of artists.

Artists in this exhibition:
Cortney ANDREWS,
Beth B, Zoe BELOFF,
Tammy Rae CARLAND,
Jennifer DUDLEY,
Carson FOX,
Guerrilla Girls,
Georgette MANIATIS,
Jennifer MAZZA,
Cindy REHM,
Claire WATSON,