Fri, Jun 24


Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Nasty Women Connecticut Exhibition Opening

6th Iteration of Nasty Women Connecticut’s Annual Exhibition

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Nasty Women Connecticut Exhibition Opening

Time & Location

Jun 24, 5:00 PM – Jun 25, 8:00 PM

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St, New London, CT 06320, USA

About the event

From the Lyman Allyn Art Museum:

This exhibition looks to the writing of bell hooks to make sense of feminism shortcomings to further her project of gathering as an essential activity of feminist movement. We design this year’s exhibition as a space for creative forms of gathering and hosting that celebrates openness and inclusivity, but also makes space for our contemporary skepticism to come to the foreground. What is art’s capacity to mobilize feminist movement and positive social change?

Evoking hooks’ text, "The Will to Change," Nasty Women Connecticut presents work by artists, designers, poets, curators, performers, community-organizers, cultural producers and thinkers of all backgrounds that wrestles with this question through the illumination of first-person perspectives.

The opening will feature three performances, "Monstrous and Terrible to Behold" by Heather Sincavage, "The Labor of Speech" by Julie Graves Krishnaswami, and "Eidolon of A-Ngoh: Journey" by Julie Chen. Enjoy music, food, and drinks to celebrate the opening.


Monstrous and Terrible to Behold, by Heather Sincavage explores the complexities of her body in distress. In reflection of her personal PTSD, autoimmune diseases, cancer, depression, and a hysterectomy, Sincavage puts her body through a new stress through the repetitive actions of eating onions. The performance ties emotional fragility to the uterus and outlines the medical practices throughout history that teach women to fear or feel shame for their bodies.

About the artist: Heather Sincavage is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is based around performance but also includes drawing, sculpture, and installation. She uses her own experiences with gender-based violence as a case study, analyzing what it is to live with trauma. The Labor of Speech, written and led by Julie Graves Krishnaswami, is a performance referencing words and phrases selected from the US Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings of female Supreme Court nominees and witnesses.

About the artist: Julie Graves Krishnaswami (b. 1976) has a BA from Reed College, a JD from CUNY School of Law, and an MLIS from Pratt Institute. She has published articles on legal research pedagogy and regulatory research. Currently, she is the Head of Research Instruction at Yale Law School where her Advanced Legal Research courses are regularly oversubscribed. She recently completed an MFA (Visual Arts) at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Eidolon of A-Ngoh is part installation; part costume. The artist states: “Its mass is a body composed of my mother’s clothes, and its head features faces of the phases of her life. The Eidolon presents the many identities present in the liminal space between life and death as we withdraw from the physical–where we are neither here nor there.”

About the Artist: Julie Chen is a Northeast U.S. Asian American interdisciplinary artist looking at intersections of mortality, memory, and place. She processes deeply personal memories and historical events with cinematographic, architectural, and naturalist aesthetics. With these narratives at the core, she builds her projects in both physical and digital media. These take shape in any combination of image, sculpture, or assemblage; from large atrium-sized spectacles to small objects of wonder.

Image Credit: Monica Lederman, Belong, 2020, oil and wax on canvas.

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