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Stonewall 50

Opening Reception Friday, April 26, 2019 | 6:30–9PM

Brown Foundation Gallery
On View April 27–July 28, 2019

On June 28, 1969, a police raid of the gay bar Stonewall Inn in New York City, New York resulted in a revolt by its patrons. Their anger and frustration erupted into days and weeks of street protests that catalyzed cultural change as queer individuals realized their political power. Fed up with being persecuted for sexual and gender choices, queer communities and their allies began working both individually and in coalitions to advocate for self-determination, equality, and civil rights.

Stonewall 50 is an exhibition conceived as a snapshot of the complexion, interests, and activities of a diverse group of queer and allied artists.

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Shapeshifters

Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 | 6:30–9PM

Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery
On View: March 2–June 16, 2019

Shapeshifters is the 11th biennial youth art exhibition organized by CAMH’s Teen Council. Drawing from an open call, the Teen Council received over 700 submissions responding to the questions: What forms you and/or your generation? How do you define your space? Can you change shapes? Teen Council chose the theme of shifting shapes knowing that their peers would respond and interpret this idea in a multitude of ways. Some artists responded by looking closely at architecture and the shapes in our physical world; others recognized changing shapes as an internal and emotional adjustment. Finally, other artists took the theme as a reflection of their developing bodies and examined their self-image. The artists Teen Council chose to include are contending with boundaries through new lenses. Embracing the coming-of-age narrative that is ubiquitous across teen culture, the works in this show are steeped heavily in the “swipe-culture” that has come to define the current generation.

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