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Clarity Haynes | Baba Na Gig

Monday, November 13 - February 16, 2018


DATE CHANGE | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 5-8 PM

Artist’s Lecture & Reception

Clarity Haynes

CLARITY HAYNES, "JAECE", 2015. OIL ON LINEN, 58" X 66"

The Kniznick Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Clarity Haynes. Haynes’ large-scale painted portraits explore the torso as a site for portraiture, paying homage to women, trans and gender nonconforming people. Tattoos, scars, evidence of illness, aging, exposure to sun, childbirth, surgeries, synthetic hormones, moles, birthmarks, stretch marks and veins, all tell a story of a body’s life, and Haynes seeks to portray them larger-than-life and divine. Baba Na Gig borrows its name from Baba Yaga, the old woman goddess of Eastern Europe, and the goddess Sheela Na-Gig, or “Sheela of the Breasts.” For Haynes, what becomes “Old Woman of the Breast,” opens up for us a generative space in which to see her subjects seeing themselves.

Haynes’ work acknowledges the history of portraying social power through the painted portrait and redistributes power to people outside of cultural norms. Her years-long process of making each work contributes to a reverence for the way bodies change and redefine what power can be.

clarityhaynes.com

SELECTED PRESS / EXHIBITION CATALOG

Hyperallergic
Portraits of Breasts that Tell Surprisingly Intimate Stories

The Pitch
The Kemper’s thrilling show of Outwin portraits holds up a timely mirror

EVENTS

DATE CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 5-8 PM

Artist's Lecture & Reception
Join us at 5 pm for a lecture with Clarity Haynes, reception to follow

Tuesday, January 30, 12:30 - 2 pm

Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr
WSRC Scholar, art historian and museum educator, Annie Storr will lead art experiencing exercises through the Kniznick Gallery exhibition Clarity Haynes | Baba Na Gig. Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see.

Friday, February 16, 12:30 - 2 pm

Our Bodies, Ourselves 2018
In conjunction with the exhibition Clarity Haynes | Baba Na Gig, Founding Co-Authors  of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" Judy Norsigian and WSRC Scholar Paula Doress-Worters will discuss the present-day mission of OBOS and the history of the radical feminist text on women’s bodies and health, first published in 1970 as “Women and Their Bodies; A Course." Today the organization Our Bodies, Ourselves maintains a website, with the most recent print edition published in 2011. Bring your edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for a discussion and book-signing.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Rosalie and Jim Shane and the Natalie Marcus Endowment for the Arts.