October 3, 2013 — The sculpture by artist and activist Linda Stein will be featured in FM’s Perrella Gallery in the upcoming exhibition/performance/lecture, The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein. The exhibition is part of Stein’s five year national traveling exhibition of her work which will be on display at over 20 colleges and museums through 2015.
Based in New York City, Stein has dedicated her art towards tearing down all forms of gender stereotypes and prejudices, as she increasingly focuses on celebrating what she refers to as “the fluidity of gender.” Stein’s wearable sculpture breaks down boundaries between female, male, feminine and masculine and in doing so, seeks to dismantle concepts that limit individuals and values one gender over another.
Stein’s mixed media sculpture focus on the combination of popular culture, myth, and body politics and address a complex question of what it means to be male or female. A reoccurring element in her work is the pop culture image of Wonder Woman who was, according to Stein, the first woman super hero, and represents the possibility that strength no longer being simply a male attribute, but something that can transcend both genders.
As a speaker and activist, Stein has been featured on more than 150 television, radio, magazine, and online formats discussing the expanding definition of gender (no longer just male and female) and describing how her art informs this changing view.
In 2006, Stein’s work was brought to national attention when she was duped into being in the Borat movie, when she was told that they needed to interview her as a noted “sculptor on masculinity/ femininity” for a movie to help third-world women, and that it would not be shown in America. When she became aware of the journalistic hoax, Stein wasted no time in throwing the phony journalist out of her studio and subsequently decrying the sexism, racism, and homophobia ostensibly addressed in this movie.
Stein will give a talk and multimedia performance in FM’s Theatre where she will talk about core issues of empowerment, focusing on the causes and effects of oppression, especially sexism, racism and homophobia, ultimately leading to parity, protection, and peace. FM students will take part in the event, wearing some of Stein’s sculpture that act as gender bending costumes. Past performances have been described as a fast, furious, and funny approach to changing minds about gender and inequality issues.
The event will take place Wednesday October 30 in FM’s Theater from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. An artists’ reception is scheduled following the lecture/performance in the Perrella Gallery next door to the Theater. Stein’s lecture is free, refreshments will be served, and the public is cordially welcome. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, October 18 and run through Friday, December 13, 2013.
For more information call Joel Chapin, Gallery Director and Fine Arts Professor at 518-736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8977 or the Foundation Office at ext. 8020.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays or by appointment. The Gallery is closed weekends and holidays.