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Exhibition Events

Artist Talk by Agnieszka Szostek 
Thursday, January 25 | 5:30 pm
Duke Hall Gallery Court 

Exhibition Opening Reception
Tuesday, January 30 | 5-7:30 pm
Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art

Curator Talk by Siona Wilson
Dorothy Liskey Wampler
Distinguished Professor of Art
Tuesday, January 30 | 5:30 pm

girls + eggs (01.30 – 03.08.24) 

Join the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art in spring 2024 for a group exhibition of drawings, paintings, photographs, and objects by European and US artists working in solidarity and fury in response to parallel attacks on reproductive rights and sexual citizenship. First presented at C U at SADKA in Krakow, Poland in June 2022 and traveling to The Art Gallery of the College of Staten Island, girls + eggs makes its final stop at JMU’s Duke Gallery of Fine Art.

The exhibition uses humor and beauty to delight and challenge viewers to share our outrage. Women, men, transgender, non-binary, queer, lesbian, cis-gender, mothers, fathers, child-free, dog lovers, and feminists, the exhibition presents a world of individuals, characters, thoughts, and fragments from those repressed by and resisting the return to old world patriarchal norms.

Featured Artists

Michael Biber | Martyna Borowiecka | Danni O’Brien | Magda Buczek | Kat Chamberlin | Moyra Davey | Piotr Dłużniewski | Monika Drożyńska | Pippa Garner | Jakub Hošek | Maria Kniaginin-Ciszewska | Maja Krysiak | Bartek Arobal Kociemba | Oskar Korsár | Peter Kunt | Madeline Kuzak | Beatrix Reinhardt | Mira Schor | Agnieszka Szostek

Biographies of Featured Presenters

Agnieszka Szostek
Agnieszka Szostek is the co-founder of C U at Sadka. She is a Polish visual artist based in Berlin and Cracow. Her practice blends homemade printing techniques, a tender mix of artificial and natural elements, fading collages, and online aesthetics. Her materials are sophisticated, but still close to human touch. Recent exhibitions include PPS: it’s a progressive fantasy {...} co-curated with Tristan Deschamps at C U at SADKA in Cracow, PL 2021, “A Californian Plumber” at Fugitif in Leibzig DE, 2020, “DIO E’ C’” Ultrastudio Pescara, IT 2020, “Die Bestehende Realität (Prozess und Tanz)” video presentation at Gallery Bark Berlin DE 2020, “Home Invasion” 24/7 online on Arbyte On Screen, at arebyte in London 2019, “Come What May. Permanent Assumptions,” Zner Kunstraum, Leipzig DE 2019, “État Temporaire: Mutagenèse,” 2019, DOC!, Paris, FR, Unselect/Unlucid, (s), 2019 KleineHumboldt Galerie, Berlin. 

Siona Wilson
Siona Wilson teaches at the College of Staten Island as well as the Graduate Center. Her research interests are grounded in issues of sexual difference, race and sexuality at the intersection of art and politics in the twentieth century. Author of Art Labor, Sex Politics: Feminist Effects in 1970s British Art and Performance (Minnesota, 2014), she has published on photography, experimental film, video, sound and performance art, in edited collections and journals, including Art History, October, Oxford Art Journal and Third Text. Her recent curatorial projects include I can’t breathe, at the Gallery of the College of Staten Island, featuring works in video and photography by Nona Faustine, Patricia Silva, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa and Kara Walker with a timeline of images documenting the activist group, Staten Islanders Against Racism and Police Brutality (SIARPB). She also co-curated Sexing Sound: Aural Archives and Feminist Scores (with Valerie Tevere and Catherine Karl) at the James Gallery, New York. Professor Wilson’s new research relates to documentary, gender and state violence in a diverse range of geographic sites, including Algeria, Britain, “Kurdistan,” Iraq and Vietnam, focusing on episodes from the 1930s to the present.

Views and positions expressed in exhibitions are those of the artists and do not necessarily reflect the views and positions of the university.

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