The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, July 9, 2018

CALL FOR ARTISTS – pop-up art exhibition hosted by the Academy of Music

For a pop-up art exhibition hosted by the Academy of Music

(Un)Seen: Gender, beauty, and consent

We are seeking submissions for a Pop-Up Exhibition to be held in conjunction with Asking For It by Adrienne Truscott at the Academy of Music on October 27th. Truscott’s show uses comedy to explore the pain of sexual assault and challenge our fears of talking directly about the impact it has on our culture. Our intention with this exhibition is to invite our community to deepen the conversation and explore issues raised in Truscott’s performance.

How do we challenge or disrupt the persuasive narrative of female beauty, expectations of gender, form, and outright objectification?

How has female sexual availability been represented, misrepresented or misinterpreted through art history? How can contemporary artists intervene and provide an alternative vision? What exists in the space between the public/perceived self and one’s private identity? What stories about womanhood have not been told?

Specifications: 2D work only, ready to hang; film and video also considered but artist must supply all technical requirements.

We welcome a wide range of artists including those from the LGBTQ community, those who identify as non-binary or transgender, seniors, students, and people of color.

The show will open to the public on October 12th and run 2 or 3 weekends. The art opening will be held on Arts Night Out (10/12). Mass Review will hold their reading the following Friday.

Please email a brief description of work and an artist bio (100 words each max) along with digital files of up to three images by September 1, 2018 to with the subject line “First Name_Last Name_ AOM pop-up art submission”.
(EX: Jane_Smith_AOM pop-up art submission)

Submissions due: Sept 1
Artists Notified: Mid-Sept
Installation: Week of Oct 8
Exhibition Reception: Oct 12 Arts Night Out
Reading hosted by Mass Review: Oct 19/20

Asking For It by Adrienne Truscott at the Academy of Music: Oct 27

Adrienne Truscott, one-half of the infamous Wau-Wau Sisters, dressed only from the waist up and ankles down, undoes and does in the rules and rhetoric about rape, comedy and the awkward laughs in between. With commentary from George Carlin, Louis C. K. and Robert De Niro, ducks, whistles and enough gin and tonics to get a girl in trouble, she lets her pussy do the talking. Set to pop music. Can you make jokes about rape? She plans to, all night long. Even if you tell her to stop.

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