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SUSAN SYNARSKI Burglar Gouache on paper 8.5 x 5.5" Collection of the Leslie-Lohman 2009.49.1

21st CENTURY QUEER WOMEN: Susan Synarski, Lorell Butler, Lorraine Inzalaco

May 17, 2005 - Jun 25, 2005

21st Century Queer Women: Susan Synarski, Lorell Butler, Lorraine Inzalaco
by Tom Saettel
(From THE ARCHIVE: No. 16: Spring 2005)

21st Century Queer Women: 3 Lesbian Perspectives opens at The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation on Tuesday, May 17 and continues through June 25, 2005. The exhibition is a sequel to 21st Century Queer Men: 3 Artists on the Edge presented earlier this year (Jan. 11 through Feb. 26.)

The exhibition curated by the staff of Leslie\Lohman features the work Susan Synarski, Lorell Butler and Lorraine Inzalaco. A range of visual images presents three lesbian perspectives at the beginning of this century. Although artists from across the US and Europe were investigated for this exhibition these three artists were selected to position the exhibition to appeal to both lesbians and gay men and all work reflects the Foundation’s history of presenting primarily figurative art. The curatorial team uncovered many lesbian artists working in installation as well as traditional flat media with themes ranging from women’s roles and gender, commercialism, disease and memory.

At the dawn of the 21st century amidst a glut of images and information the women in this exhibition, as the 3 men shown in 21CQM, have found their own visual vocabulary relevant to themselves, and each has pursued it compulsively.