7 March - 28 April QUEER COMMODITY Opening Reception: Thursday, 7 March, 7:30pm

Conceived and organized by Curatorial Assistant Spencer Ramsay, Queer Commodity us saturated with style and attitude.

This bawdy boutique is the sequel to Queer Looking, Queer Acting, a survey exhibition curated for the Mount in 1997 by Robin Metcalfe. That project traced the evolution of activist graphics in Halifax during the 1970s and 19870s. Queer Commodity samples the blend of dissident and consumer identities that have emerged since that time among gay and lesbian artists.

The mainstreaming of queer culture has brought a more polished political style to its activism. While some lesbian and gay artists define themselves as belonging to a minority, they also participate in the widespread tendency among young visual artists to claim subjectivities formed by the shared consumption of commercialized culture.

Mike Hickey (St. John?s), Johannes Zits (Toronto) and Dyke Action Machine (Carrie Moyer, Sue Schaffner, New York) hijack and invert the codes of gay window advertising, a commercial strategy that tries to incorporate gay appeal without alienating larger markets. The exhibition is composed of amusing counter-commodities installed as a slightly tawdry boutique. The wares include: a functioning drag make-up lending library, posters that package lesbian aesthetics for under-30 dykes, and billboard-size paintings that insert homoerotic fantasy into the public economy of desire.

Performance: On the occasion of the opening reception, Thursday, 7 March at 7:30 pm, Mike Hickey will deliver a lecture on Safe Make-up Sharing Practices before inaugurating his innovative library. Board the specially charted bus at Eye Level Gallery on Barrington Street at 7pm; drag attire optional.

For further information please telephone Ingrid Jenkner at 902-457-6290 or visit our website at http://www.msvuart.ca

Admission is free.

MSVU Art Gallery Mount Saint Vincent University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3M 2J6 Tel: 902-457-6160 Fax: 902-457-2447 WEB: WWW.MSVUART.CA

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