Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection

9/21/2019 through 8/23/2020 | Frye Art Museum

Museums Capitol Hill/Central District

The tradition of Western painting is organized in part by the unspoken assumption that men actively look and women are objects to be looked at. Unsettling Femininity probes the politics of viewing and questions the ways we habitually look at images of women, through the particular lens of the Frye Art Museum’s collection and the aesthetic preferences of the Museum’s founders, Charles and Emma Frye. The exhibition examines historical conventions of representation and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect—especially concerning gendered expectations around appearance and behavior.

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