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M-F 9-5 and by appointment

Curator: Michele L'Heureux


Image: Leonard Schnier, Portrait of Jessika Savage, 2011, digital photograph

Floors & Ceilings: Brandeis Students Explore Gender

Leonard Schnier, artist

May 31-Sept. 23, 2011

Milcah Bassel PB '11
Matthew Grogan, PB '11
Angela Jennings '11
Judy Kaufman '12
Aviva Paiste '13
Leonard Schnier '13
Sinead Sinott '12
Nichole Speciale PB '11
Avraham Eli Tukachinsky '11

View images of the exhibition.  View the exhibition gallery guide.

"Floors & Ceilings" is a juried exhibition of original work by nine Brandeis students, the first show of its kind at the Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC). Also for the first time, a Brandeis student, Nera Lerner '12, co-curated an exhibition for the Center. The artists are both undergraduate students and students from Brandeis' post-baccalaureate program.

Floors and ceilings can represent structure or confinement, homes or prisons. The so-called "glass ceiling" still exists today for women, and getting in on the ground floor is nearly impossible for many people. Moreoever, we often speak of "sharing common ground" as a key to understanding one another and alleviating social ills.

The work in this exhibition responds to the theme of floors and ceilings in both literal and metaphorical ways. Some pieces depict rooms and spaces that serve to define gender roles or life choices; others rely on the floor and ceiling as a metaphor for the binaries of gender and sexuality in our culture; still others engage the actual floor and ceiling of the gallery.

Exhibition jury:

Roy Dawes, Director of Museum Operations, The Rose Art Museum
Fran Forman, Artist and WSRC Scholar
Alfredo Gisholt, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Michele L'Heureux, Curator & Director of the Arts, WSRC
Nera Lerner '12
Ingrid Schorr, Associate Director, Office of the Arts


Closing Reception
Thurs., Sept. 15, 2011, 5-7:30 p.m.

Artist's Slide Talk: Milcah Bassel, PB '11
Thurs., Sept. 22, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
WSRC lecture hall