Hera Gallery and Educational Foundation Presents:
Juried exhibition by Anna Dempsey
April 6th - May 4th
Opening Night April 6th, 6 - 8 PM
Artist talk, April 18th, 7:00 - 8:30PM
Hera Gallery Presents the Exhibition: SHAME
Juried by: Anna Dempsey
Concept: The exhibition SHAME attempts to lift the veils of submission and silence by exploring shame in its many dimensions. The concept of shame has reached a new level of urgency as we witness shaming being used as a strategic tactic in the current political climate where it has become common place and legitimized. Rather than purposefully confronting shame we are prone to step away from taking a close look at it’s nature and manifestations.
To feel shame is an act of self-erasure. To be shamed is a means of controlling others. To act shamelessly is a misguided path of self-empowerment. Shame has different cultural connotations yet is understood universally.
The following questions are central to this discussion: How does shame relate to power and oppression? What are the dangers of shamelessness? Does shame manifest differently in women and men? How do different cultures view shame? What is the antidote to shame? Is shame a tool that elevates self-serving judgement while demeaning empathy?
Juror Bio: Anna Dempsey is a Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University where she was the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. Her research interests center on the intersection of public culture with a focus on urban street art, as well as museum spaces and gender politics in modern and contemporary installation art, painting, animation and film. Currently, she is working on a book titled Working Women Artists and the Construction of American Modernism, based on research she did at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, where she was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.