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“Slouching Toward 2000: The Politics of Gender”

Women & Their Work

Through the representation of bodies inscribed with or supplemented by texts, this traveling exhibition explores issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class. These visible, and for the most part legible, bodies speak critically about various kinds of stereotypes and social realities. Juried by Lucy Lippard. “Slouching Toward 2000: The Politics of Gender.” consists of work by Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American and white women artists from Texas.

Many of the artists use personal and cultural narratives to show how gender and sexual stereotypes construct our identities as both subjects and objects. Unfortunately, too many of the works end up positioning their “subjects” as victims, while at the same time repudiating that position. For example, in Deanna Jane Miesch’s 1991 black and white photograph, the words, “Rape isn’t beautiful” are typed across an image of Bernini’s 17th-century

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