WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – As Mattel reimagines the look of Barbie with the release of new dolls that have diverse physical appearances, ArtsWestchester is exploring what it means to be a woman today with its 2016 spring exhibition, “SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity.”
An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, March 13, from 3-5 p.m. at ArtsWestchester in White Plains.
The contemporary art exhibition, opening in Women’s History Month, will run through the end of June and provides an artistic exploration of issues related to gender and female identity.
"Modern American women are struggling to redefine themselves in the face of shifting societal values, changing perceptions of femininity and the choices between domesticity and executive leadership. These issues will be explored in a new exhibition, ‘SHE,’ in which 11 artists will weigh in on the role of gender in society today," said ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam, adding that with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the exhibition presents ideas by a selection of both well-known and emerging New York artists.
Artists featured in SHE include Nicole Awai of Brooklyn, Laurel Garcia Colvin of Chappaqua, Nancy Davidson of New York City, Marcy B. Freedman of Croton-on-Hudson, Debbie Han of New York City, Rebecca Mushtare of Oswego, Valerie Piriano of Brooklyn, Mari Ogihara of White Plains, Kathy Ruttenberg of New York, Barbara Segal of Yonkers and Tricia Wright of Kingston.
ArtsWestchester will also provide community programs in partnership with local women’s organizations that will address women’s rights, relationship abuse, self-image and women’s career development, particularly in science and technology.
March programs include:
- Thursday, March 10, 6-8 p.m. – SHE is Beauty, an exhibition preview and benefit shopping night at Bloomingdales in White Plains.
- Monday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. – Join ArtsWestchester for a performance and Q&A with The Guerrilla Girls. Online registration required here.
“SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity” will be on view through Saturday, June 25. Admission is free. ArtsWestchester gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday, noon-6 p.m.
ArtsWestchester is at 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains.
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