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"This show lifts a veil on the historically ignored, private, and elusive experiences of women." - Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe 

"In addition to overturning assumptions about what women look like as subjects and objects of art, the artists in HARD scrutinize the ideological conditions underlying the production, content, and consumption of art about women." - Mallory A. Ruymann, Big Red & Shiny

Berenice Abbott, Jane Heap, 1923

HARD: Subversive Representation

1.22.18. – 4.20.18.

public reception: 2.15.18 from 6–8pm

organized by Gallery Curator, Sam Toabe

Artists include: Berenice Abbott, Ruth Bernhard, Joan E. Biren, Ianna Book, Furen Dai & Bihua Zhan, Diana Davies, Samantha Fields, Ariel Basson Freiberg, Janet Loren Hill, Zanele Muholi, Christie Neptune, Rachel Rampleman, Betty Tompkins, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Del LaGrace Volcano, and Summer Wheat

HARD is a group exhibition that brings together artworks from self-identified female artists who take different approaches to representing female subjects, often through subversive frameworks. With artworks spanning 1923–2018, it argues that Contemporary, Post-Modernist, Modernist, and Feminist artistic approaches have and continue to expand the dynamism of the feminine image, pushing beyond stereotypical, reductive, and unrealistic visions of women.

This group exhibition contextualizes artists from Boston within a cast of national and international artists of the past and present. Artworks focus on gender politics, identity, and intersectional feminism through figurative and abstract representations. Complex and compelling images and sculptures present depictions of transgender, cisgender, and non-gender normative female subjects to expand upon our view of the female experience.

About the gallery: The University Hall Gallery is a center for visual arts, presenting original and traveling exhibitions for the Art Department, the campus, and the region with an aim to make exhibitions and publice programming culturally and educationally accessible. Our mission is to serve as a community forum for cultivating pluralism, fostering dialog, and enhancing educational opportunities for the enjoyment of and interaction with original works of art.

The gallery is always free and open to the public.

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University Hall Gallery is located on the first floor of University Hall, in Room 1220. 
University Dr. N, Boston, MA 02125

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Monday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 6 p.m.

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