Serious Sparkle features work by five contemporary artists using glitter and craft practices to explore issues around the construction and representation of femininity, queer identity, and the body. Associated with craft, cosmetics, fashion, and performance, 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 draws from the Tang Museum’s collection with works by Chitra Ganesh, Carrie Moyer, and Wangechi Mutu. Also featured are works by Ebony G. Patterson and Alisa Sikelianos-Carter.