Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum.

September 27 - November 12, 2023

Sunday, November 12, 2023, 1pm
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Esperanza Alzona
Hyunsuk Erickson
Kenneth Hilker
Barb Januszkiewicz
Kristen Jordan
Sanzi Kermes
Jean Jinho Kim
Mallory Kimmel
Jonathan Ottke
Sarah Rodman
Mike Shaffer
Ira Tattelman
Lawrence Watson

Strangeness, irregularity, pushing back against traditional understandings of what “should be” or “has been” and entering into the unknown: to queer is to defy a single mode of representation, to question naming as an act of freezing or dismissing. Queer is not only a noun; it’s also a verb, an action. It’s not who, but how we are. To queer is to interrogate what is considered to be “natural,” to reexamine narratives and identify alternate viewpoints; to embrace a more fluid spectrum of viewing identity and gender, among other things. How can contemporary sculpture, installation, sound, performance and interdisciplinary projects embody the action of queering? How can material and form embody or imagine what is “other”? — Stephanie Mercedes


This exhibit is funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Juror: Stephanie Mercedes

Stephanie Mercedes is an uncategorized Queer Latinx artist who choreographs large scale performances and installations based on sound. Mercedes transforms weapons into musical installations and works of art. She also excavates missing violent histories. Mercedes has exhibited and performed at the Bronx Museum, the Queens Museum, the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art. She has been funded by George Soro’s Open Society Foundation, Light Works, NALAC, The Foundation for Contemporary Art, WPA, The DC Commission for the Arts, the GLB Memorial Foundation, the Warhol Foundation and the Clarvit Fellowship. Mercedes has been an artist in residence at: VisArts, Halcyon Art Labs, the Bronx Museum, Montgomery College, Christopher Newport University, SOMA, Lugar a Dudas, Largo das Artes and La Ira de Dios. Mercedes is producing an Opera with CulturalDC called “Never In Our Image

Hyunsuk Erickson, Thingumabob Society
Sun 12:00pm - 4:00pm Mon 10:00am - 4:00pm Wed 10:00am - 4:00pm Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm

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