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Linda Stein w/ The Fluidity of Gender

The Fluidity of Gender

April 20 – May 26

Sarratt Gallery closes this academic year with a show by artist-activist, lecturer, performer, and founding president of the non-profit, HAVE ART: WILL TRAVEL! Inc. (HAWT), Linda Stein. Her series of Knights, begun in 2002, and guided the viewer toward empowerment in the face of sexism, homophobia, racism, and other forms of institutionalized oppression. Since 2007, the “Knights” have evolved from static totemic personages mounted on the wall to suits of armor animated by their wearers. They are trickster figures in their shape-shifting potentialities as observed by some art historians. Stein encourages the viewer to imagine what it is like to slip into another skin, to swap bodies and shift genders.

Stein’s sculpture, on a national tour, arrives in Tennessee with a focus to encour- age constructive and empowered male and female gender roles leading to peace and equality through the arts.

In a keynote address to the National Association of Women Artists, Linda Stein remarked, “Gender constructions and gender constrictions. How do we find the courage, the bravery to break these molds?”

Gallery Talk:
Thursday, April 21 • 5 p.m. Reception following to 6:30 p.m.

GenderBend 682, 2010, leather, metal, wood, resin, 39 x 17 x 15 inches