Part of the Hopkins Hall Gallery Summer Series
Reception: Thursday, June 15, 3-4pm
Free and open to the public
This project presents the work of Zoë Brigley Thompson (poetry) and Victoria Brookland (art), alongside historic garments from the Ohio State Historic Costumes and Textiles Collection. In juxtaposition, these texts and objects will interrogate the symbolism of femininity in objects belonging to historic women, and explore how women’s sexuality has been expressed and repressed in past eras.
Central to the art and poetry in the exhibition is the examination and exploration of historical women’s belongings that are now objects in the archive. To complement this theme, Gayle Strege, the curator of the Historic Costumes and Textiles Collection, has loaned a number of items from the nineteenth century including dresses, lingerie, and shoes. This extra layer to the exhibition will offer intriguing questions about the women who used the items, and what it meant to be a woman in the nineteenth century: how it was both empowering and liberating.