Reproductive: Health, Fertility, AgencyJan 19 — May 16, 2021


  • Joanne Leonard, Untitled (pear and embryo), from Journal of a Miscarriage, 1973
  • Elinor Carucci, Red #1, 2014
  • Krista Franklin, Under the Knife, excerpts from book
  • Doreen Garner, The Success of the Silver Suture: As Told by Sadist, 2018
Laia Abril Candice Breitz Elinor Carucci Krista Franklin
Doreen Garner Candy Guinea Joanne Leonard Carmen Winant

Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency explores the psychological, physical, and emotional realities women encounter in the years leading up to, during, and after fertility. The exhibition features eight artists who consider a range of topics including birth, miscarriage, pleasure, the lack of access to abortion, trauma, and the loss of fertility. The term “reproductive” is twofold. It implies the characteristics of a photograph, bringing attention to a notable lack of visual representation of the experiences of the female body. Additionally, the term is a reference to a common patriarchal, capitalist view of women’s bodies as vehicles for reproduction. This exhibition aims to add visual presence and a deeper understanding of the precarious nature of female rights and freedoms in a time where the future of these rights is uncertain.

The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2020-2021 exhibition season is generously sponsored by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

   

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