The Gender Show

Mary Ellen Mark (American, b. 1940)
Hispanic Girl With Her Brother, Dallas, Texas. From the series: "Urban Poverty", 1987.
Gelatin silver print. Image: 38 x 38 cm. 1997:2695:0094.
George Eastman House Collection. © Mary Ellen Mark  

George Eastman House is proud to present an exhibition that raises questions about gender identity and dynamics. The Gender Show offers a visual history of the various ways in which male and female roles have been explored and presented by the camera (stereotypes, innocent assertions, light-hearted playacting, or elaborate masquerades) and the opportunity to see important photographs from our collection in a new context.

With a collection that spans over 170 years of photography, George Eastman House is able to thoughtfully examine the changing cultural and social landscape over generations, as we shape and are shaped by photographic images. The exhibition features 138 portraits spanning from the 19th Century to the present and includes work by Robert Frank, Mary Ellen Mark, Julia Margaret Cameron, Barbara Norfleet, and Edward Steichen. Self-portraits by artists, sometimes in disguise, are a small but essential part of the exhibition, as are photographs of leading actors such as Sarah Bernhardt, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo.

The Gender Show sets the stage for a lively discussion about both photographic and cultural conventions and can be enjoyed by a variety of audiences for both its subject matter and contents.

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Booking12 weeks
Size350 linear feet
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