Updated: Sep 17
On View: August 6 - September 11, 2021
Opening Reception: August 6 // 4-6pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday // 11am - 4pm
The Harlow is celebrating artists whose work explores and engages with gender issues, gender identity, and gender equity in the art world. We will choose art that employs a wide range of approaches. The criteria for participation in this show are that you were in a group that has been historically excluded from showing art no matter your subject or your art addresses the issues of those that have been left out. The show will include work that addresses the broader social and political questions and contexts that intersect with gender identity.
Our primary interest is not just in this as subject but in showing work that gives visibility to artists that are of all genders, including men, women, transgender people, LGBTQ people, those with intersecting identities who do not express gender as subject but who have been ignored far too long by the art world. And in particular in Maine, have not been shown enough.Visibility is everything for an artist and for the viewer. Visibility is about equity, fairness, authenticity, telling our stories, putting food on the table and allowing all voices. The viewer becomes engaged in understanding our society as a whole and that all stories matter. Life becomes richer as we understand each other. We place value on difference and art opens our minds and hearts.
Authenticity, representation, difference encourages empathy and hope. Gender non conforming communities see their existence debated by politicians, we want to see these artists take back the narrative. We want gender explored by everyone, all identities. This is our societal shift. We welcome artists to reflect this at our summer show at the Harlow Gallery.
Curated by Susan Leslie Maasch. Susan studied Art History and her mother was a fine artist who majored in painting and sculpture. Susan started exhibiting art in New Haven Connecticut in 1988. She owned two galleries in Maine with a range of contemporary art from 1996 through 2016. She enjoyed a large supportive audience and critical attention for her solo and group exhibitions.
Susan Maasch is the founder of the Trans Youth Equality Foundation which was established in 2007. Her office is in Portland Maine and advocates for transgender and non binary children and youth in Maine and beyond in their schools, communities, faith communities and homes. She co directed this foundation with good friend Jack Montgomery, a lawyer who cares about civil and human rights and as a fine art photographer told the stories of many trans people and children through his powerful portrait works. Together they built a foundation that was one of the first in our country and still going strong.