Man Up! No Balls About It

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Suzy Lake as Jay Lee Jaroslav
Man Up! No Balls About It

University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor , Michigan 48109-2094
July 12th, 2012 - August 9th, 2012
Opening: July 20th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

United States
Mon-Fri 12-6
photography, digital, installation, performance, figurative, sculpture


The Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art presents “Man Up!”, a national 

multi-media exhibition that visualizes the essence of power and the notion of “besting” 

oneself, other artists or men in general.   Affecting change in a community or in the world 

takes a great deal of strength and power.  Is doing one’s best gender specific? Do 

women artists have to “paint like a man” in order to make truly great art?  Is power 

gender-specific?  What does it mean to “MAN UP!” 


This exhibit features work of women artists including celebrity artist/juror, Suzy Lake, a 

native of Detroit, who now lives and works in Toronto Canada.  Lake is among the first 

female artists to adopt performance, video and photographic work to explore the politics 

of gender, the body and identity in Canada.  Combining photography, performance, film 

and video Lake’s work is notable for its early investigations into the idea of identity as a 

construct. Using costumes, make-up and props, Lake creates self-portraits for the 

camera, often by assuming new identities. By highlighting the artifice of her adopted 

personas, Lake “dramatizes the self-transformation involved in posing for the camera.” 

Today, Lake’s art is widely recognized to be pioneering. Roberta Smith of the New York 

Times notes that Lake’s work “parallels and may precede that of Cindy Sherman.” In the 

1970s, the two artists were contemporaries; Cindy Sherman invited Lake to exhibit in an 

early Hallwalls show in 1975.  



The Michigan Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art was founded in 2007 and like the 

national organization its mission is to create community through art, education and social 

activism.  WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, 

providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, 

expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women. WCA supports local, 

national and global art activism that advocates for equity in the arts for all. As a founding 

member of the Feminist Art Project, WCA is part of a collaborative national initiative 

celebrating the Feminist Art Movement and the aesthetic intellectual and political impact 

of women on the visual arts, art history and art practices, past and present.