SPECTRUM and Franklin Street Works Present: A Pop-Up Exhibition and Panel on Gender Identity and the Visual Arts
For the Fall 2014 semester, UConn Stamford’s LGBTQA group SPECTRUM has been engaging the campus community in a series of diverse conversations about gender. To continue this dialogue, SPECTRUM, in collaboration with Franklin Street Works, will be presenting a panel discussion that includes four trans*/non-binary identitfied artists Kerry Downey, Leon Finley, Juliana Huxtable, and iele paloumpis on Thursday, December, 4th from 6:00-8:00pm at the UConn Stamford Campus Art Gallery. In addition to the panel, a daylong pop-up gallery of digital works by the participating artists will be on view at UConn Stamford Campus Art Gallery from 1-5pm for those interested in learning more. Two thirty-minute tours will be given at 2pm and 4pm by the organizers of the event before the panel discussion begins at 6:00pm. The installation and event are free and open to the public. The UConn, Stamford, art gallery located at 1 University Place. Stamford, CT 06901.
This conversation comes at a time when SPECTRUM and the LGBTQ community at UConn Stamford have worked to successfully allocate two gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, ensuring that trans* and gender nonconforming students, faculty, and staff feel safe and protected. Many don’t realize that bathrooms are highly gendered spaces, and, as such, places of gender policing. The panel conversation will encourage students think complexly about gender identities and expressions (particularly trans and non-binary identities) and the ways in which artists use their work as a platform to elaborate on questions of identity.