Cryin' Out Loud
April 21 - July 9, 2017 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery
Cryin' Out Loud is a juried exhibition that examines the role of women's and femmes' voices as expressed in art about politics, activism, and emotion. Considering both the metaphoric and literal voice, Cryin' Out Loud explores and celebrates the use of art as a form of speaking up and out. A large group exhibition of works by selected artists will take place in CCA's Muñoz Waxman Gallery. Call for Entries is now open and available through March 5, 2017.
Cryin' Out Loud takes each word of this maxim seriously - Crying. Out. Loud. - and navigates the various implications of the phrase, wheter exasperated and fed up ("Oh, for crying out loud!") or literal, as one who does not hide her desperation or emotion while she is actually "crying out loud". Similarly, "living out loud" has associations with survivors of abuse, with activism in the LGBTQ community, and with anyone refusing to "be quiet" about issues of oppression, identity and authorship. It is time to speak loudly with our voices and our art; with our intellect and our emotion; with our politics and our personhood.
Throughout history women's voices, perspectives, and innovations have been undermined by those in power. In order to have their voices heard or published, many women artists and writers have adopted gender neutral or male pseudonyms. Women have fought for their right to vote, are still fighting for wage-equity, and to have equal representation in congress. Speaking and acting out is complicated for women and femmes because of common double standards like the label "hysterical," for simply speaking her mind. Women have learned to work within these oppressive structures often at the expense of their rights and humanity, and frankly, we are ready for change.
Cryin' Out Loud proposes that to unabashedly express emotion is a political act. To live out loud is a necessary political gesture and that women's experience needs to be seen, heard, and cherished. The exhibition will consist of work in all media that embraces emotion as statement; that broadcasts social and political concerns, and that reacts to and resists the structures that continue to oppress us.