Performing Womanhood

IdaChagallVisual Arts
Continues through May 21
Performing Womanhood
Special Collections, Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Gallery presents Performing Womanhood. The exhibition features portraits of women by women photographers, and displays images made from the  1920s through the 1990s.  The styles of the portraits vary greatly but share the photographers expressing themselves as a women. Photographs chosen for the exhibition ask viewers to consider the idea of women-only spaces and the lack of the male gaze.

Included in the show are works by such notable photographers as Kristin Capp, Cary Beth Cryor, Judy Dater, Sandi Fellman, Peggy Fox, Mildred Grossman, Irina Ionesco, Lotte Jacobi, Mary Ellen Mark and Gerda Peterich. These artists captured famous women, anonymous women, and women with whom they share a relationship.

Performing Womanhood was curated by Jazmin Smith, an Art History and Museum Studies major, with help from the staff at the Albin O. Kuhn Special Collections and Library Gallery.

The Special Collections Department is located in the Albin O. Kuhn Library and open Monday through Friday 1p.m. to 4p.m., Thursdays until 8p.m., and by appointment. For more information call (410)-455-2353 or send an email to

Image: Ida Chagall, 1945, Lotte Jacobi

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