Friday, September 26, 2008

Uncommon Beauty

Ellipse Arts Center & Washington Project for the Arts Present
Uncommon Beauty

October 3 - December 13, 2008

Sarah Tanguy, Independent curator critic and ART in Embassies Program Curator

Kay Chernush, Mary Coble, Frank Hallam Day, Jason Horowitz, Lucian Perkins and Athena Tacha.

In contrast to the standards of the media and the fashion world, exhibiting artists for Uncommon Beauty will stake out alternative perspectives. While they are important topics, the overall focus of the exhibition is not our society’s obsession with diet fads, obesity, and cosmetic intervention. Instead, the exhibition seeks to investigate the underpinnings of beauty and imperfection; how standards and ideals become formed and perceived; and the dynamics of self-esteem, self-hate and acceptance. The intent is to offer something different, unexpected, positive, or ambivalent; something that problematizes the notion of beauty without merely bashing it.

Artists' Talk and Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Artists' Talk: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reception follows
Dress: Your interpretation of "Uncommon Beauty"
Parking is free and open late the night of the reception

Personal Identity and the Disjunction of Public Perception: A Discussion with Kay Chernush and Mary Coble: Thursday, October 16, 7 - 9 p.m.

Art Eyes Happy Hour: Friday, November 7, 7 - 9 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to personally interact with select Uncommon Beauty artists as we connect the Deaf and Visual Arts communities. Art Eyes is designed to create dialogue, art critique among peers and interpretation of artworks. Their mission is to empower the Deaf community to become move involved in the Visual Arts. Targeted audiences include all artists, art lovers and art-curious.
ASL interpreters will be present and parking is free/open late for the reception, discussion and Art Eyes happy hour.

Please note: "Uncommon Beauty" exhibits photographs with adult content that may not be suitable for children. Parental discretion is advised.

Ellipse Arts Center
Arlington Cultural Affairs
4350 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203

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