Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life




Join us on NOVEMBER 19th, 6:30PM in the Herman Maril Gallery in the Art/Soc Building-- where we will host a lecture with curator Kris Grey: Queering the Body; Performing the Self  is a performative lecture about transitioning from object maker to body artist invested in exposing the permeability and constructed nature of the male/female binary. Disrupting one system of power through the lens of gender has wider implications for other binaries. The narrative of one artist connects across disciplines to larger communities of affinity built on common interests of social justice. Join us for this FREE event, Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30PM, the Department of Art and the Herman Maril Gallery have graciously offered their space to hold this talk, see link for location details:



COLLEGE PARK--Md. The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland College Park will be presenting their new exhibit Queer Objectivity. The exhibition is open to the public October 21st through December 6, 2013 with an opening reception Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5-8pm.

Queer Objectivity is a curated exhibition that brings together sixteen emerging and established artists diverse in their identities, experiences, materials and approaches. Some of the artwork exhibited addresses the body in relation to objects. Others may present the body as an object itself. Still further, some work presents objects as conduit for the body to another realm. There will be a range of artwork displayed including photography, sculpture, performance, and new media. Throughout the run of the show, Stamp Gallery will present extended programming, lectures, artist visits, and performances exploring the intersections of race, class, ability, sex, sexuality and gender through the lens of visual culture.


“Recent scholarship in material studies and phenomenology has challenged the traditional notion that human bodies are stable entities divorced from other objects in the material world. The elevation of queer theory to academic prominence and the emergence of new types of feminism have further complicated the separation between personal and political - bodies and objects. Materially, the human body is comprised of separate, interacting, individual elements and forces that are often reduced to being seen as one. So too, the intricacies of bodies and their relationship to other objects, animated or not, get flattened into a binaristic body/other dichotomy.” – From the Curatorial Statement of Kris Grey


Artists featured in this ambitious exhibition include: AK Burns, Heather Cassils, Nicolaus Chaffin, Mary Coble, Lauren Denitzio, Brendan Fernandes, Kris Grey, Gordon Hall, Katie Hubbard, JJ McCracken, Cupid Ojala, LJ Roberts, Coral Short, Caitlin Rose Sweet, Tobaron Waxman, and  Jade Yumang.


Image above: The Observants by Gordon Hall. Stereo equipment, paint, wood, fabric, sound, performance, 19 min.

Performers: AJ Durand, Edie Fake, Rami George, Gordon Hall. 2011 and image credit: Oli Rodriguez