March 10, 2020

An Alarming Specificity

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College

Eva Wǒ (with Icon Ebony Fierce, and costuming by Wit López), Supreme Queen in Charge, 2018. Digital collage for light box, 12.5 x 18.5 x 3.5 inches.

An Alarming Specificity engages with human bodies which do not align with a fictional norm grounded in white patriarchal hegemony. Curated by Aubree Penney, the exhibition examines ways artists subvert the predominance of white, heterosexual, cis-male, non-disabled bodies as the default of humanity.

Across installation, mixed media, prints, gifs, and performance, artists Shannon Finnegan, Chitra Ganesh, Yvette Granata, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Linda Stupart, and Eva Wŏ uphold individual bodies attempting to survive and thrive in a world which frequently neglects to support, protect, recognize, or heal them. This centering of bodies of women, people of color, atypically embodied people, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community extends into mechanisms of display.

An Alarming Specificity was conceived in collaboration with The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities faculty seminar Borders and Boundaries led by Assistant Professor of Religion Molly Farneth and is curated by Aubree Penney. The exhibition is made possible with support from The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Haverford College Distinguished Visitors Program.

Overseen by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday through Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 5pm, and Wednesdays until 8pm. For more information, contact Matthew Seamus Callinan, associate director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, VCAM, and campus exhibitions, at T (610) 896 1287 or mcallina [​at​], or visit the exhibitions program website.

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