Monday, May 11, 2009

Domesticated: Men and the Domestic Interior

Curated by Al Miner

OPENING DAY: May 16, 2009
Curator & Artist Talk 4pm; Reception 5 - 8pm

June 20, 2009, 2pm

Men have historically been posited as providers for and not integrated inhabitants of the home. Notions such as the Victorian period's focus on the matriarch as the "angel of the hearth" and the 1950s ideal of the nuclear family have shaped this perception. While a man's home may still be his castle, his relationship to it has changed. Despite this progress, many photographers today choose to portray women alone in domestic interiors, often with a sexualizing gaze.

The photographers of Domesticated - Yolanda del Amo, Amy Elkins, Dru Donovan, and Jamil Hellu - challenge such notions by depicting men in domestic interiors, capturing moments of complex masculinity that can only occur behind the closed doors of the home.

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EXHIBITION HOURS: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7 pm & by appointment

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