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Gender Agenda

 

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Another photo collection, vintage images of cross-dressing women, had me picking out which outfit I'd most like to try: the Oscar Wilde tuxedos won, but the bad-ass cowboy hats came in a close second. In the middle of the gallery, a mannequin wearing a huge red and white dress splayed out in a target design on the floor continued the theme of dress-up. Although an interesting fashion-art concept, the all-too-familiar argument about women as targets of ridiculous, inhibiting fashion put a damper on the effect.

Going to Gallery Project often feels like going to a hands-on museum for adults, and the videos and literal toys in this exhibition strengthen that effect. However, some darker pieces — like the crocheted hangings that allude to domestic violence, or the drawing of a man pointing a gun at a cross-dresser while he/she dances — leave a residue of complicated social critique that will have you coming back to see them again before the show closes on Sunday, September 14.

[Review published September 2008]    (end of article)

 

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