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Misogyny Papers/Apology

Victor Davson

Curated by Juno Zago

June 16th – September 18th, 2021
Eleta M. Caldwell and Rodney J. Gilbert Memorial Gallery

Misogyny Papers/Apology is an ongoing project that seeks to negotiate a space for rethinking gender stereotypes and systemic racism by creating an environment that melds the intimacy of the artist workspace with the full accessibility of a public exhibition. Conceived and executed by veteran artist Victor Davson, the project draws on a long tradition of socially engaged art and channels it through the lens of contemporary life in the wake of the #MeToo movement. 

For the tenure of the exhibition, Davson will take up residency in Gallery Aferro’s Eleta J. Caldwell and Rodney M. Gilbert Memorial Gallery in a collaboration that will merge the vision of the Misogyny Papers/Apology project with the mission of Gallery Aferro into one seamless alignment: to disrupt the existing race-gender power dynamics in American culture openly and fearlessly. 

From conception to development to its earliest iteration, the exhibition has been shaped by the following literary works: Sheila Jeffreys’ Beauty and Misogyny, Kate Manne’s Down Girl, Eve Ensler’s The Apology, Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought, and bell hooks’ Ain’t I a Woman.

Image: “Misogyny Papers/Apology II” by Victor Davson

Elevator Music 7: IDES

Curated by Juno Zago

June 16th – September 18th, 2021
Gallery Aferro, 2nd Floor Installation

Elevator Music 7: IDES, curated by Juno Zago, invites visitors to step inside an early-1900s refurbished Otis Elevator and experience the work of New Jersey radical thinkers expertly remixing discord, introspection and hope.

IDES, an iconoclastic 4-piece punk band accelerating into the 22nd century, embraces unabashed lovers of both hardcore’s brutal dissonance and pop’s sharpest hooks. While combining harshness and harmony into a hybrid sound all their own, IDES’ music centers on concepts of loneliness, disparity, and withdrawal, both tangible and conceptual.

Though the music can be jarring and the subject matter bleak, IDES believes in the glimmer of hope hidden in their songs: 

There is a power in letting go and embracing our darker selves. And if you find yourself relating to any part of what you are hearing, know that you are not alone.”

IDES has self-released two LP albums and several Extended Plays. Their 2021 split-release with their comrades in Sunrot marks their 10th year as a band. IDES members includes: Jill (vocals), Nick (guitar + vocals), Nicholas (bass) and Tony (drums).

Enjoy their music at Gallery Aferro, then purchase their work via their Bandcamp page. 

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