“The Let Down Reflex” Exhibition

EFA Project Space

poster for “The Let Down Reflex” Exhibition
[Image: "And Everything Else" (2015) Copyright and courtesy of Melissa Smedley and Home Affairs]

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The Let Down Reflex is an exhibition that attempts to recognize the complexities of parenting in the art world, and asks if a better alternative for families can exist. Calling out a slippage in today’s feminist art world, the curators summon a group of artist-parents to contribute to a springboard for re-imagining an art world where “Mom” is not a demeaning characterization, where childcare is factored in for participating artists at art spaces, and where artists aren’t forced to choose between home and work because of a lack of parental leave. The “let down reflex,” a term referencing the involuntary reflex that causes nursing mothers to produce breast milk, takes on a double meaning in this exhibition, referring here to the reflexive tendency of letting down parents, and particularly mothers, within the flawed labor system of the art world.

February 17 & 19, 7:30 PM: By My Own Admission, performance by Dillon de Give

February 27, 3:00 – 5:00 PM: Wah-wah, shh, chomp, munch, nom, burp, poot, slurp, yum, toot, mwah. But who’s holding the baby?, a panel discussion organized by Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

March 5, 11:00 – 1:00 PM: Early Horizons: an exploratory material workshop for children under 6 years old, organized by Shane Aslan Selzer (RSVP by Friday, March 4 to meghana@efanyc.org)

Artists: Dillon de Give, Home Affairs (Arzu Ozkal, Claudia Costa Pederson, & Nanette Yannuzzi), Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley), Lise Haller Baggesen, LoVid, Shane Aslan Selzer

Curators: Amber Berson and Juliana Driever



from January 30, 2016 to March 12, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-01-30 from 14:00 to 16:00
Families and children are encouraged to attend.

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