Focal Points: Women Advancing the Aperture showcases contemporary female photographers whose work centers on the themes of illusion, perception, and perspective against the backdrop of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Like their antecedents, this exhibition celebrates the strength, conviction, and advancements made by women to address gender parity and the powerful role art plays in producing multiple layers of dialogue.
Punctuated predominantly by black and white photography, this inspiring exhibition presents a convergence of imagery that pushes the boundaries of photo-imaging and technique. Through the manipulation of light, focal points, shutter speed, filters, and subject material, the collective works reveal and articulate a persistence of the female voice. Through a framed visual language, the camera lens creates an illusion and perception between abstraction and representation.
While the syncopated cadence of vignettes draw the viewer in for close inspection, they magnify the role, presence, and even the absence of female photographers in history. The imagery serves as the prologue to how we continue moving forward on issues related to an equal voice at the voting booth, but also to advancing female artistic expression in the little white cube of the museum. The exhibition includes fourteen luminaries: Lynn Cazabon, Lisa Tyson Ennis, Alida Fish, Bronwen Hazlett, Connie Imboden, Virginia Lockman, Rebecca Parsons, Laurie Beck-Peterson, Amie Potsic, Christine Shank, Jo Smail, Gigi Stoll, Paula Gately Tillman, and Midge Wattles.
Focal Points: Women Advancing the Aperture exposes the finest range of styles, materials, and photographic processes to tease out the fluid relationship between material process and the soul of innovation and artistic expression. Some works reveal no basis in the visible world, while other works pursue visualizing raw reality. In all, this exhibition underscores what makes The Delaware Contemporary unique: a center dedicated to presenting challenging and awe-inspiring art by young, emerging, and seasoned artists who persevere in advancing the aperture of photography.
DuPont II Gallery
ART & COUTURE: A CONTEMPORARY CENTENNIAL
Celebrating the Suffrage Movement and 100 Years of Women’s Rights
Featuring artist Shawn Baron Pinckney
Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 7 – 10 PM
This is a preview exhibition for a silent art auction to be held on April 25th, 2020 during Art & Couture: A Contemporary Centennial. Art & Couture features an interactive fashion experience designed by artist Shawn Baron Pinckney to embody the powerful role art and fashion play in celebrating the advancement of gender equality made over the last century, and to recognize the individuals and organizations that carry the torch today. Using fashion, history, and literature as the armature of inspiration, Pinckney elicits contemporary discourse about societal norms inviting viewers to broaden the optics of their perspective.