MOTHA presents THE VEIL VERONICA
work by Craig Calderwood, Nicki Green, & Jordan Reznick
March 21-April 20, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 22, 5-7 pm
Artist Panel: Friday, March 23, 4 pm
The most prized article of an archive is the “truth image,” a document created by means of physical contact with a transcendent body. The fleshy imprint confirms the existence of a being whose reality may be doubted. For the dubious transgender subject the truth image is further complicated by the fact that the trans body is an object of fascination, scrutiny and fetishization. The trans body exceeds and spoils the tidy organization of archival categories. Meanwhile, the twists of trans biographies defy the narratives of archival chronologies. And centuries of repressions and concealments have rendered most trans histories irreparably lost. These issues make the transgender archive a complexly impossible idea. Craig Calderwood, Nicki Green, and Jordan Reznick take this inviability as an impetus to create an original repository that transcends the prosaic and deficient mainstream archive. Their work follows the mission of MOTHA (Museum of Trans Hirstory and Art) to conceptualize the trans archive as a sacred site to quench the thirst of trans souls, cure the archive of its trans blindness, and resurrect hushed trancestors from the dirty basements that civilization tried to seal shut. Green defies normative generational progression with infectious mushrooms that illustrate new understandings of time, growth, reproduction, and inheritance. Calderwood endlessly revisits her own biography, saturating and surfacing her work with an echoing iconography of characters, color, and pattern. Reznick celebrates the contemporary queer refusal to assimilate with tender portraits. Working in ceramics, low-craft, and photography, their archival objects do not simply narrate histories. Instead they impart the presence of trans people through surfaces directly imprinted with trans bodies, lives, and legends.
BEFOREHEREAFTER: 2018 Senior Student Show
Curated by Anna Faxon ‘18
Featuring senior projects by Marilyn Markech ‘18, Kathia Regalado Nuñez ’18, & Sallie Sims ‘18
April 26–May 20, 2018
BEFOREHEREAFTER is an exhibition of artwork, photography, and experimental media from senior students graduating in May or December of 2018. All eligible students are encouraged to apply! Submissions of work will be selected for the exhibition by faculty juries from each artistic discipline the week following Spring Break. Students selected for the show will work with gallery staff to prepare and install their work in the weeks prior to the exhibition opening. All submissions must be made to faculty juries in the Department of Art or the Cinema &Photography Program by Monday, March 19, 2018 at noon. Submission forms may be picked up from the front desk of the Handwerker Gallery, the Park School photography classroom, or the administrative office of the Department of Art.
Note: The gallery will have amended hours of operation between May 7–Sunday, May 20 for Finals Week and Senior Week.