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MUSE Opening Reception

When: Friday, October 20, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Norris University Center, Dittmar Gallery, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Debra Blade   (847) 491-2348

Group: Dittmar Memorial Gallery

Category: Fine Arts


Muse, a collaborative body of work by visual artist Niki Grangruth and multimedia artist James Kinser, explores non-conforming gender identity by reimagining and reinterpreting well-known paintings of female subjects from art history. Through the use of a male subject, gaze, and hand-made costumes, each photograph questions common gender-specific beauty ideals, disrupts the pervasive construct of binary gender identity, and explores gender as a non-linear and ever-changing performative act. These challenges to socially constructed gender norms are juxtaposed with overt references to art history, which grounds the work in the familiar and accessible.

Opening reception October 20, 6 to 8 pm

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