October 14 - November 27, 2016
Participating Artists: Leah Aegerter, Linnea Bargo,Gates Callanan, Dylan Trumble Davis, Danny Ferrell, Kiera Griffith, Stephanie E. Hanes, Rachael Heller, Anne Kincaid Hittson, Adam Linn, Leyla Faye Margolis, Tyler Mills, Derek Miranda, Sebastian Niculescu, Charles O'Leary, Krissy Pelley, Ute Petit, Aaron Pexa, Samantha Rae, Yifan Renxu, Isabelle Rose, Andrea Rugarli, Zoe Schlatter, Calvin Zing Pei Shen, Atalanta Shi, Garcia Sinclair, Yannik Stevens, Nafis White, Masashi Yamamoto, Amelia Zhang
Curatorial Statement: intimacyqueered was born out of our confusion in trying to navigate intimacy as queer identifying people. Given limited portrayals of complex intimate relationships and stereotypical representations of queerness, we understood our individual experiences as vastly different-different from each other and from expected social constructs. Yet, as we have encountered other artists and works that transcend traditional representations of intimacy, we have come to embrace queerness exactly as that: difference, fluidity, and fluctuation.
Intimacy inherently connotes a closeness of some sort, which manifests in our society under a rigid binary. While not all of the artists included here engage with queerness through gender and sexuality, what ties all of these works together as queer is their depiction of intimacy in a beautifully unusual and subversive way. This show expands understandings of queerness and how they relate to intimacy with self, space, object, and others. The title, lntimacyqueered, refers to the exponential and infinite possibilities of both the "intimate" and "queer" when combined.
By gathering works of personal narrative and presenting a broader scope of what can be queer, we hope to create a space that celebrates the confusion and difference that is inherent in navigating intimacy.
Curated by Leah Aegerter BFA SC '17 and Yannik Stevens BFA SC '17