Serious Sparkle will address how contemporary artists use glitter to explore issues around the construction and representation of femininity, queer identity, and the body. Associated with craft, cosmetics, fashion, and queer culture, glitter is a valuable material with which artists can examine class, gender, race, and other identity markers. Like a diamond or precious gemstone, it glistens and sparkles, yet it costs almost nothing. Glitter is celebratory, performative, and sometimes controversial. Glitter is bold and bright, and it does not go away.
The exhibition, largely drawn from the Tang Museum’s collection, will include paintings by Carrie Moyer, a selection of works from Wangechi Mutu’s series Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors, as well as works by Chitra Ganesh and Ebony G. Patterson.