Anyone in the New York-area on Thursday evening should stop by Hendershot Gallery for Jon Feinstein's latest curatorial effort, Trying Them On, an exhibition which:
"explores fascination with “the other" through gendered, sexual, racial and subcultural costuming. The exhibiting photographers depict white Europeans and westerners who glamorize and vilify other cultures, at times presenting them as the enemy, while at others declaring them a cultural muse. On the surface, the latter appears to be an attempt to understand or elevate them, but in many cases this actually leads to further complication by turning their identities into caricatures. This exhibition also explores the motivations for this role-play: is it an act of mere flattery? What does it mean to try on the skin or cultural signifiers of another?"
© Helen Maurene Cooper
Trying Them On - Curated by Jon Feinstein
Presented by Humble Arts Foundation and Hendershot Gallery
Opening Reception: January 21, 2009 - 6-8 pm
Exhibition run: January 21 - February 27, 2010
Exhibiting photographers: Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Michael Bühler-Rose, Helen Maurene Cooper and Claire Beckett
Show some support and swing by for the festivities!