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Zoë Charleton: The Domestic
January 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
One event on January 25, 2019 at 4:30pm
In her exhibition titled The Domestic, contemporary artist Zoë Charleton creates large-scale collages, drawings, and a sculptural installation that explore the ironies and complexities of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. Black identity takes on layered meanings in this exhibition, as Charlton presents a series of works on paper inspired by reoccurring imagery in her drawings: suburban houses, African masks, and southern landscapes. Charleton examines how the notion of domesticity, defined as a deep familiarity with and attachment to where one lives, varies according to fraught issues of class, race, and gender. The term “domestic” also refers to African-American domestic workers and to the abuses, injustices, and inequities these women experienced within the intimate spaces of their employers’ homes. From the privacy of a household to a public national history, the “domestic” can be understood as gendered, comforting, invisible, controlled, and integral to keeping the status quo. The artist will deliver a lecture on her work in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition.
Zoë Charlton, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at American University in Washington, DC, received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her BFA from Florida State University in painting and drawing. Charlton has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), the Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland), Haas and Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland), Clementine Gallery (NYC, NY) and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL). Her exhibitions have been reviewed in ARTnews, Art in America, The International Review of African American Art, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Her work has been collected by many museums, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, NY; Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, MA.
This exhibition is supported in part by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Engagement, and EPACC, Gettysburg College.