Darren Lee Miller

InBetween: (re)negotiating ethnicity, gender, and sexuality

In Between: (re)Negotiating ethnicity, gender, an sexuality
Exhibition dates: January 26 – February 16, 2010
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 – 9:00PM

The Allegheny College Art Galleries will present “In Between,” an international invitational exhibition, from Tuesday, Jan. 26 through Tuesday, Feb. 16. An opening reception and artist’s talk with diversity scholar-in-residence Zanele Muholi will be held on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Gallery visitors are cautioned that some of the works in this exhibition deal frankly with human sexuality.

Highlights include Muholi’s immersive installation “Insila Yomuntu” in the Bowman Gallery. The South African artist will be on the Allegheny campus for more than a week to speak about her work with students, community members and gallery visitors.

“Nude No. 5, Eleanor Dubinsky and Melanie Marr,” an experimental video piece by New York artist Mary Ellen Strom, will be housed in the Megahan Gallery. THINK AGAIN, a Los Angeles-based artist collaborative, will present two large projections in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts: “Mind Control” and “Queer Youth Manifesto.” The images will be visible every evening during the exhibition through the building’s wall of windows.

The show also will include a wide variety of drawings, paintings, photographs, videos and sculptural works by Melissa Boyajian, Ria Brodell, Jacinta Bunnell, Andrea Chung, Jess Dugan, Jesse Jagtiani, Nahna Kim, Jacob Kincheloe, Cobi Moules, Jesse Finley Reed, Jeannie Simms, Colleen Toledano and Japanese photographer/performance artist Yasumasa Morimura.

“In Between” is curated by three Allegheny faculty members: Emily Yochim, assistant professor of communication arts; Vika Gardner, assistant professor of religious studies; and Darren Lee Miller, gallery director and assistant professor of art.

“The artists featured in ‘In Between’ urge us to question and challenge lines of identity,” said Miller. “Though each of the artists works toward different specific ends, what unites them is a refusal to conform to banal and limiting myths about prevailing systems of political representation, discourse and their categorized places within those systems.”

The exhibition is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Arts Council of Erie.