Artists come together to examine the ‘FEMININE SPECTRUM’

Marie Garlock performs her piece "Flipping Cancer" in Chapel Hill in 2014. She'll be performing as a part of "FEMININE SPECTRUM" in May. Photo by Andrew Synowiez

Durham-based artist Stacey Kirby asked more than 15 artists what it means to be feminine for her guest curatorial project “FEMININE SPECTRUM” at VAE Raleigh in downtown.

“As a queer cisgender female, meaning my personal and gender identity corresponds with my birth sex, I have struggled with my sense of being female — internally and externally,” Kirby said, “and how this is defined within societies and communities.”

There is something, from video to sculpture to textiles, for everyone in the show, which opens on Friday, April 6, and runs until May 26. But you can do more than look at art on walls at “FEMININE SPECTRUM” — VAE will also host a comedy night on April 14, a yoga and live music workshop on May 7, a performance evening on May 10 and more. See details at the bottom of this post for more.

Kirby is a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill alum known for her thought-provoking installations and performance art. Her performative interaction “The Bureau of Personal Belonging” asked questions about civil rights and whether citizens feel protected by government. The ongoing piece, modeled on a vintage government office, won the Jurors’ Grand Prize of $200,000 at Michigan arts competition ArtPrize.

You may have observed Kirby’s work without knowing it if you have visited the African art gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

As a conservation assistant, Kirby recreated raffia costumes and more so that the valuable pieces in the collection could be displayed in as striking and realistic a manner as possible.

Throughout her career, Kirby has built many relationships with artists in many disciplines.

“Works on display reference femininity through the various lenses of parenthood, familial roles, social justice, erotic love, questions of personal and public histories and the evolution of gender identities,” Kirby said. “As the curator and an artist, I am curious for visitors to consider how an artists’ femininity or sense of the feminine is revealed through their creative practice.

FEMININE SPECTRUM

Here are a few of the talented artists she’s featuring in the “FEMININE SPECTRUM:”

Carson Efird: Efird teaches at EVOLVE Movement yoga studio in Raleigh. She’ll offer a yoga workshop focusing on intuition and femininity on May 7.

Marie Garlock: As the leader of advocacy-through-art movement It is In You, Garlock coordinates live performances, workshops, and research to improve the community. You can see her perform and answer questions at the “FEMININE SPECTRUM” performance evening on May 10.

Heather Gordon: Gordon is a Durham-based visual artist who will be featured in the much-anticipated exhibit at NCMA called “You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences.” You can see her work starting on First Friday at VAE.

See the full list of artists here. “FEMININE SPECTRUM” opens during First Friday on April 6.

Here are all the events related to “FEMININE SPECTRUM”

April First Friday opening reception

Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh
When: Friday, April 6, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Learn more: Find the Facebook event here.

VAE Comedy Night: Feminine Spectrum Edition!

Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh
When: Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Cost: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
Learn more: Find the Facebook event here.

May First Friday reception with live music from Christy Jean Smith

Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh
When: Friday, May 4, from 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Learn more: Find the Facebook event here.

Yoga and Live Music Workshop Honoring the Feminine with Carson and Joe

Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh
When: Monday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation is $15 to $20.
Learn more: Find the Facebook event here.

Performance Evening: Harriet Hoover, Marie Garlock, Daniel B. Coleman and Susan Harbage Page

Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh
When: Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m.
Learn more: Find the Facebook event here.

Raleigh gets LUEWWD

Where: VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh
When: Friday, May 18, 6 p.m.
Learn more: Find the Facebook event here.

For other “FEMININE SPECTRUM” events happening in May, check out VAE’s Facebook events page here.

“FEMININE SPECTRUM” was made possible with support from the Triangle Community Foundation, Synergy Spa + Aesthetics, and the City of Raleigh, based on the recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

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