The Gund Gallery’s first-ever Associate-curated alumnae artist series, Alumnae: 50 Years, celebrates five decades of women’s impact on Kenyon College. As these artists return to their alma mater, we reflect on the ways in which the College influences and is influenced by its ever-changing student body. This series explores the interaction between bodies and the environments they inhabit, ranging from the body as an industrial being in the natural environment to a woman’s body as a commodity in the political arena. We hope that 50 Years sparks an awareness of our roles as active participants in an ever-changing system, whether that be Kenyon or beyond.
Mia Halton ’73
For Girls Becoming Women; everyday encounters
August 30-September 27, 2019
Mia Halton ‘73 (b. 1950), a member of Kenyon’s first class of women, kicks off Gund Gallery’s celebratory Alumnae: 50 Years series with a whimsical installation of ceramics and figurines that explore the concept of everyday encounters in the lives of women and girls. This notion suggests a mixture of the unexpected and the mundane that make up the environment inhabited by women. Pop culture, the political present, and childhood literature all inform Halton’s understanding of encounters, resulting in a diverse range of subject matters that range from the revolutionary #METOO movement to the implications of The Scarlet Letter. Much of her work also playfully subverts the traditional narratives within fairy tales that serve as an early example of gender expectations. Intentionally cartoon-like and anonymous to encourage personal connections with the art, Halton’s work tackles the heavy themes of gender inequality and inequity with aesthetic and thematic whimsy.
Opening Reception for Mia Halton ’73: Friday, August 30, 5:00-8:00 PM
Full fall schedule:
August 30-September 27, 2019: Mia Halton ’73
October 4-November 1, 2019: Mallory Cremin ’84 & Cynthia Brinich-Langlois ’04
November 8-December 6, 2019: Mitra Fabian ‘96 & Erica Rosenfeld ‘97
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Image: Mia Halton (American, b. 1950), Mad As Hell, 2017. Ink on paper. 20 x 40.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.