Our Bodies Ourselves

March 7 – April 10, 2019

Public Reception: Sunday, March 10, 1 – 3pm

I’m looking forward to Sundays reception. What makes this event really special is that there will be three generations of my family exhibiting.

Ely Center Press Release – Each year during Women’s History Month, ECOCA showcases In Grace We Trust, an exhibition that commemorates the philanthropic work of Grace Taylor Ely who transformed her home at 51 Trumbull Street into a space for local artists to gather and show their work. Since her passing, the Ely Estate and Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art have carried on this tradition, maintaining the building as a place that supports New Haven’s artist communities. In Grace We Trust addresses ideas of tradition and change — a nod to the past as we confront current societal challenges and rise together to create future narratives.

This year, we take inspiration from Our Bodies Ourselves, the pivotal book first published in 1970 in Boston, on the cusp of the 2nd wave of feminism. The book has become a trusted source of support for generations of women who continue to use what they learn in its pages to claim control over their bodies. The 2011 edition, the last print edition, focuses on women’s reproductive health and sexuality. It includes dozens of personal stories and essential, up-to-date information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause, menopause, health issues such as breast and ovarian cancers, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.

Nearly half a century after the first printing of Our Bodies Ourselves, we are still struggling with a system that allows for “inhumane legal restrictions, the imperfections of available contraceptives, the poor sex education, the highly priced and poorly administered health care that keep too many [people] from having this crucial control over their bodies.” (Preface to the 1973 Edition of “Our Bodies Ourselves”).

Inspired by Our Bodies Ourselves, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, was published in 2014 as a resource guide for transgender, gender expansive, and non-binary populations, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender, gender expansive, non-binary, and gender questioning people, their partners and families, and others to look for up-to-date information on life under the trans umbrella. Artists of all genders are invited to share their work and experiences in this exhibition.

Our communities are strengthened through art as it fuels collaborative exchange and encourages us to understand and take responsibility for our mental, spiritual, and physical selves. Art continues to be a valuable tool for individuals to express their personal experiences and a social activator that brings communities together to address common concerns. Inspired by the work writers and editors of Our Bodies Ourselves have done over the years, this exhibition aims to create a safe, open forum in which to share concerns, hopes, and ideas.

Gesture & Geometry

Artist Shilo Ratner Blue Depth, 20 x 20in

The Ely Center is hosting a satellite exhibition from In Formation: Gesture & Geometry, the current exhibition at Perspectives Gallery at the Whitney Center in Hamden. Featured artists include Robert Gregson, Laura Moriarty, Ben Parker, Ken Lovell, and Shilo Ratner.

The Opening Reception and Holiday Gathering is December 2 from 1-3 pm. The Closing Reception is January 6th, 2019 from 1-3 pm.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

I can’t believe I haven’t posted in so long. I’m more of a Instagram micro blogger. I’m working everyday in my studio but apparently not spending that much time on my website.  Well, I have two upcoming exhibits on the horizon one in the East and one in the West .

“WINTER SHOWING”
December 2- January 6
Ely Center of Contemporary Art
51 Trumbull Street New Haven, CT
Reception: December 2, 1-3pm

“EGGIWEGS”
DEC 8 – FEB 16
DAB ART
1793 East Main Street Ventura, CA

 

Ely Center Closing Reception

Images from the Ely Center of Contemporary Art Residency Closing Reception

Color Theory Artist Talk

These pictures were taken during my color theory talk at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art. Thank you to all who attended. Photos taken by Artist Marcela Staudenmaier.