Since the 1960s, contemporary art has paralleled the racial, gender, and sexual revolutions that have radically altered contemporary culture. This exhibition traces the evolution of art through the view of twelve key contemporary artists, each of whom have undertaken racial, cultural and gender differences over the last four decades. The artists in this show all emerged within the context of these radical transformations and represent a cross section of gay, straight, male and female artists from different racial and cultural backgrounds. Carolee Schneemann, Betty Tompkins, Marilyn Minter, Thomas Lanigan Schmidt, and Rob Pruitt & Jack Early, are artists whose radical works in the 70s, 80s and 90s shocked the art world enough to cause destruction to their lives and careers, while simultaneously urging their contemporaries and a new generation of artists like Sean Landers, Cary Liebowitz a.k.a Candyass, Tony Oursler, Mickalene Thomas, Simone Leigh, Christopher Winter and Monica Cook to take on controversial cultural issues. All of the works in this show embrace a visual language, redefining beauty through highly charged objects and images, and help elucidate why so many facets of our identities are formed by imposed stereotypes, distorted imagery and oppressive histories. Through the exploration of oppressive power dynamics, we are invited to examine our own complex relationships to those systems.
This exhibition is curated by Dara Schaefer; architect and curator. With a focus on integration of art and architecture, Schaefer specializes in contemporary and emerging artists. She is the founder of Wonderground Studios, which exhibits emerging art in a salon setting, while raising funds for Kids with Cancer.