Presented at Kathryn Schultz Gallery & online
Curated by Juan Omar Rodriguez
Featuring artwork by:
Juan Arango Palacios • Maria Yolanda Liebana • Perla Mabel • Chloe Luisa Piñero • Ginger Q • Rixy • Moises Salazar • Jhona Xaviera
Opening Reception at Kathryn Schultz Gallery: Saturday, January 8 (12-2pm)
Panel Discussion (online): Thursday, January 20 (6:30 – 8:00pm)
Closing Curatorial Talk at Kathryn Schultz Gallery: Saturday, January 29 (12pm)
(Masks are required for all visitors while indoors)
About Vernacular Glamour
What is possible when glamour, grounded in quotidian experiences, is embraced, celebrated, and engaged critically? This exhibition brings together a cross-section of contemporary Latinx artists working with the visual vocabularies of camp, popular culture, high fashion, and baroque painting and architecture through vernacular idioms. Engaging the materials and forms of ball culture, advertising media, spiritual practices, and street art, the eight artists in Vernacular Glamour mobilize the artifice and exuberance of glamour to address the complexities of everyday life.
The artworks brought into conversation here reflect and reimagine what is familiar to queer, working class, and racialize peoples and often undervalued by majoritarian arbiters of taste. Vernacular Glamour focuses on figurative work to signal the ways in which the representation of certain bodies and experiences remains novel, controversial even. Through photography, painting, textiles, drawing, and video, the works in this exhibition unapologetically engage the experiences and desires of people who are Black and brown, curvy, fat, feminine, non-binary, and queer.
About the curator: Juan Omar Rodriguez
Juan Omar Rodriguez (he/him) is a curator of contemporary art. He is a Curatorial Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, PA. Juan Omar’s recent projects include Linger and Flow at PAFA, TBD at Boston CyberArts in collaboration with the Boston LGBTQIA+ Artist Alliance, and SMFA at Tufts: Juried Student Exhibition 2019–2020 at the MFA Boston.
He received an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University in 2019 and a B.A. in Neuroscience from Oberlin College in 2017.