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]