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Power Play: Reimagining Representation in Contemporary Photography 

Cara Romero, Chemehuevi, b. 1977. Naomi, 2017. Inkjet print, 49 x 40 inches. Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Museum purchase through the Bayly Art Museum Acquisition Fund, 2022.4.2. © Cara Romero; Image courtesy of the artist.

08/27/2022 to 12/31/2022

This exhibition brings together photographs by Martine Gutierrez, Sarah Maple, Wendy Red Star, Cara Romero, and Tokie Rome-Taylor that critique and combat essentializing representations of feminine identities in pop culture. Their photographs subvert dominant narratives that have been articulated in visual culture over time. From Renaissance portraiture to Disney princesses, from museum dioramas to store window displays, from children’s dolls to fashion mannequins, these sites and objects of consumerism play an important role in reinforcing gender construction. The artists’ inclusion of heirlooms, regalia, and toys carefully placed in meticulously constructed scenes highlights the role that objects and representation play in shaping our intersectional identities.  

Harnessing the medium of photography and drawing on a wide range of visual methods, Gutierrez, Maple, Red Star, Romero, and Rome-Taylor counter erasure and underrepresentation using pop culture references, portraiture, satire, the language of advertising, and reimagine connections between past and present. Taking an active stance, these artists create fresh, poignant, and powerful representations of themselves and their communities.  

Curated by Hannah Cattarin, they/she, Assistant Curator; Adriana Greci Green, she/her, Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas; and Laura Minton, she/her, Curator of Exhibitions

This exhibition is supported by funding from the Angle Exhibition Fund. This exhibition is also sponsored by the Arts Endowment through the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts and by an Arts Enhancement Grant from the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts. This exhibition is made possible through support from The Fralin Museum of Art Volunteer Board. The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is made possible through generous support from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Thanks to our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm 
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm (Please note: the museum will open to the public at 1 pm on Friday, December 9.)
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

The museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.