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Though the exhibit on gender currently showing at George Eastman House does not seek to lecture its viewers about contemporary socio-politics, its scope and range of representations provide ample opportunity for cultural and self-reflection.
The first show presented by the Eastman House team under its new director, Bruce Barnes, "The Gender Show" explores the ways in which gender has been represented in photography over more than 170 years, from daguerreotypes to massive color prints, in a thick, juicy cross-cut of the wide world.
The museum's galleries hold more than 130 images with plenty of representations of men and women in what we still know as traditional gender roles, as portraying the role of their dichotomous opposite, or in various manifestations of the androgynous spectrum. Images allude to the extended effects of our physical sexual traits: the specific pleasures and burdens they each designate, and their effects on our culture and relations with one another.
The Gender Show
From June 15, 2013 through October 13, 2013 at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY 14607
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