The Flomenhaft Gallery proudly presents The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein, a 5-year touring exhibition/lecture/performance traveling to more than 20 United States museums and universities thru 2015.
Exhibition Dates: May 17 - June 23, 2012
Reception: Thursday, May 17 6 - 8pm, dance performance at 6:45
Josie M. Coyoc, Pilobilus dancer, previously with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, will wear one of Stein’s sculptures, accompanied by Lindsay Harwell, student at The Juilliard School. Next, Lindsay will speak about the fluidity of gender with his mother, Lauren Embrey, philanthropist/activist/writer/actor/dancer involved in human rights work intersecting with the performing arts.
Linda Stein’s art has been passionately engaged in tearing down all forms of gender prejudices, as she increasingly focuses on celebrating the fluidity of gender. Art historians Christina M. Penn-Goetsch, Margo Hobbs Thompson, AnnVollman Bible and others have written extensively about how Stein continues to “break down boundaries between female, male, feminine and masculine” doing so “with the clear intent of dismantling a hegemony that limits individuals and values one gender over another.”
A Keynote speaker for peace and equality on more than 150 television, radio, magazine and online formats, Stein takes a no-holds-barred approach toward critiquing egregious patterns of gender-based violence in our culture, invoking a more enlightened experience of gender identity. “My goal,” Stein says, “is to use my art to transform social consciousness and promote activism for gender justice. With my androgynous forms I invite the viewer to seek out diversity in unpredictable ways, to ‘try on’ new personal avatars and self-definitions, realizing that every
new experience hanges the brain’s structure and inspires each of us toward a more authentic self.”
Have you ever wondered what feeling more masculine or feminine would actually be like? Linda Stein will help you experience that, and more, through her unique gender-empowering wearable sculptures.
Linda Stein’s media interviews, including the one in 2006 when she was duped into being in the Borat movie, demonstrate that she is no dupe. She was told that they needed to interview her as a noted “sculptor on Masculinity/Femininity” for a movie to help third-world women, and that it would not be shown in America. When she became aware of the journalistic hoax, Stein threw the phony journalist out of her studio and subsequently decried the racism and homophobia ostensibly addressed in this movie.
Have Art: Will Travel (HAWT) and Flomenhaft Gallery present
a calendar of free Gender Justice Events
Wednesday, May 23, 6-8 pm: How Philanthropy Promotes Gender Justice
Carol Jenkins (Moderator), writer and producer, Emmy award winning television anchor and correspondent, founding president of the Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit advocacy organizations founded in 2004.
J. Bob Alotta, Exec Dir, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Alison Bernstein, Director, Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University.
Rashid Shabazz, Program Officer, Soros Foundations
Jessica Stern, Director of Programs, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Wednesday, May 30th, 6-8 pm: Major Activists for Gender Justice
Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar of Center for Global Leadership, Douglass College, Rutgers University.
Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History, John Jay College, CUNY and Author, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols I and II
Dorothy Sander, Board Co-Chair, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8pm: Dolling Up!
Michael Sackler-Berner, singer/guitarist who appears at Joe’s Pub, Mercury Lounge, Living Room, Rockwood, Bitter End, Stephen Talkhouse.
Betty, activist entertainers, Michael and Betty will provide another view with their song, the IT Girl.
Saturday, June 16th, 1:30-3:30pm: Growing up Female in the 1930s, 50s, 80s and 2012
Lori Sokol (Moderator), Educational Psychologist, writes and speaks about women’s empowerment as a book author, blogger, radio show host and international public speaker. Founder/Publisher of Work Life Matters magazine
1930s: Claire Reed - activist worked with Bella Abzug, Women Strike for Peace, SNCC.
1950s: Clare Coss - playwright, psychotherapist, activist, author of plays on Emmett Till, Lillian Wald, and Mary White Ovington.
2012: Stephanie Coontz - Director of Research and Public Education at Council on Contemporary Families at Evergreen State College. Books include Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage and A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.