“Mistaken Identities: Images of Gender and Transformation” Exhibition

The Walther Collection Project Space

poster for “Mistaken Identities: Images of Gender and Transformation” Exhibition
[Image: Adolfo Patiño "La Tierra Prohíbida de Terry Holiday" (1979) Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection]

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Mistaken Identities: Images of Gender and Transformation considers how photographic representations reinforce or subvert prevailing roles of gender and sexuality. In particular, the exhibition looks at instances where social roles may be deliberately exaggerated or transgressed, including photographs that involve cross-dressing, nudity, mimicry, and other acts of queering social norms. Staging the performance for the camera, they pose overt and often personal challenges to public standards of “appropriate” behavior. Considering the social signifiers of the body or the role of fashion in image making, the works in Mistaken Identities deploy portraiture to destabilize visual expectations and invert markers of identification, thereby questioning the notion of a stable, authentic self.

Mistaken Identities is the second exhibition in The Walther Collection’s multi-year series, “Imagining Everyday Life: Aspects of Vernacular Photography,” curated by Brian Wallis.

Curator’s Tour and Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 21 at 2pm



from April 05, 2018 to July 28, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-04-05 from 18:00 to 20:00

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