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Opening Reception for Converging Voices

Philemona Williamson (American, born 1951) Golden Afternoon, 2015 Oil on canvas 48 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist and June Kelly Gallery, New York

The Hofstra University Museum is hosting an opening reception for Converging Voices: Gender and Identity, on Thursday, September 14, 4-6 p.m. Guest host and speaker is Karyn Valerius, PhD, Hofstra University Director of Women’s Studies and Disability Studies and Associate Professor of English. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition, on display through December 15, 2017, at the Emily Lowe Gallery, presents a diverse group of artists whose work confronts multiple issues of identity including gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality.

© Zanele Muholi, Courtesy of Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

Curated by Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, Converging Voices reflects an international scope and features artists such as Ghada Amer, Mariam Ghani, Martine Gutierrez, Guerrilla Girls, Yee I-Lann, Zanele Muholi, Pinaree Sanpitak, Carrie Mae Weems, and Philemona Williamson.

Nancy Richner, director of the Hofstra University Museum said, “Converging Voices showcases the work of a diverse group of artists who encourage us to consider complex ideas. For instance, how we straddle the contemporary while embracing the traditional, how are we seen by others verses how we define ourselves, what is our voice and how can we be heard. These are artists who present stories that we may not fully understand, and yet they captivate us the more we look.”

Additional specialized programming planned in conjunction with the exhibition includes:

Tuesday, October 10, 4:30-6 p.m. A Seat at the Table: Converging Voices: Gender and Identity

Take a “seat at the table” with several artists from the exhibition Converging Voices: Gender and Identity along with select Hofstra faculty and students, and be a part of an intimate conversation about themes raised by the exhibition. Karyn Valerius, PhD, director of women’s studies and disability studies and associate professor of English, Hofstra University, serves as moderator.

Fee: $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

Guerrilla Girls
(Established in the United States, 1985)
Do Women Have to be Naked to get into the Met. Museum?, 2012
Hofstra University Museum Collections, Museum purchase, HU2016.20 © Guerrilla Girls

Friday, December 8, 1-4 p.m. A Poetry Writing Workshop: Converging Voices: Gender and Identity

In this enjoyable and lively poetry writing workshop, we look closely at and discuss works of art in the exhibition Converging Voices: Gender and Identity. Participants will discover and develop their own abilities to interpret and write about works of art. Co-facilitators: Liv Mammone, poet and book editor, Hofstra University; Dayna Troisi, poet, freelance writer, and adjunct professor of English, Hofstra University. Limited to 12 participants; all levels of writing experience. Fee: $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

For more information about this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum website.

Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.


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