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Joey Terrill, Still Life With Zerit, 2000 Mixed media Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.


Feb 27, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020

Working Definitions explores the multiple dimensions of fluid identities. Educators from the Learning Center for Arts and Intersectionality at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art selected works from the permanent collection that address the complexity of identity through an intersectional lens. Taking on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, migration, class, and religion, Working Definitions reflects on power structures and oppressive hierarchies.

Working Definitions acknowledges that language is a fluid tool, effective in certain contexts. While it can define and describe our personal experiences, it can also limit the varied and multidimensional ways we exist in the world. By framing these objects through the present participle of the verb “to work”— a verb of action—we present them as objects to be continuously examined, allowing ever shifting perceptions and resisting fixed positions by both artists and viewers.

The exhibition is curated by educators who have developed questions to guide the viewer’s engagement process with each work of art. Each wall label is designed to lead you through an observation process to discover multiple possible meanings in the work of art, and invite you to personally connect with it through your story and past experiences. Enjoy the artwork and the process!