New Hofstra art exhibit examines gender

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The Hofstra University Museum is hosting an opening reception for Converging Voices: Gender and Identity on Thursday, Sept. 14, 4 to 6 p.m.

The guest host and speaker is Karyn Valerius, Hofstra University Director of Women’s Studies and Disability Studies and Associate Professor of English.

The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, on display through Dec. 15 at the Emily Lowe Gallery, presents a diverse group of artists whose work confronts multiple issues of identity, including gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality.

Curated by Karen Albert, Hofstra University Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Converging Voices reflects an international scope and features artists such as Ghada Amer, Mariam Ghani, Martine Gutierrez, Guerrilla Girls, Yee I-Lann, Zanele Muholi, Pinaree Sanpitak, Carrie Mae Weems, and Philemona Williamson.

Nancy Richner, director of the Hofstra University Museum said, “Converging Voices showcases the work of a diverse group of artists who encourage us to consider complex ideas. For instance, how we straddle the contemporary while embracing the traditional, how are we seen by others verses how we define ourselves, what is our voice and how can we be heard. These are artists who present stories that we may not fully understand, and yet they captivate us the more we look.”

Additional specialized programming planned in conjunction with the exhibition includes:

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 4:30 to 6 p.m.: A Seat at the Table — Converging Voices: Gender and Identity

Take a “seat at the table” with several artists from the Converging Voices exhibition, along with select Hofstra faculty and students, and be a part of an intimate conversation about themes raised by the exhibition.

Valerius will serve as moderator.

Fee: $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

Friday, Dec. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.: A Poetry Writing Workshop — Converging Voices: Gender and Identity

In this enjoyable and lively poetry writing workshop, you will look closely at and discuss works of art in the Converging Voices exhibition.

Participants will discover and develop their own abilities to interpret and write about works of art.

Co-facilitators are Liv Mammone, poet and book editor, Hofstra University and Dayna Troisi, poet, freelance writer, and adjunct professor of English, Hofstra University.

This event is limited to 12 participants at all levels of writing experience.

Fee: $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+).

For more information about this exhibit and associated public programs, call 516-463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum website.

Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

Approximately 3 percent of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition.

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