Sandy Spring Museum | ARTINA 2023: Queering Nature

By Editorial Team on October 16, 2023

Wed, September 27 2023 — Sun, November 12 2023

Carry On Baggage, Esperanza Alzona
Reception: Sunday, November 12 from 1-3pm

ARTINA 2023: Queering Nature, is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition on the grounds, in partnership with the Washington Sculptors Group on display from September 27 – November 12, 2023. Artists will display works that explore concepts of normativity or singularity, embodying a malleable spectrum of representation, perception, being, form, and materiality.

About the Exhibit:
Artists will display sculptures in a variety of media around the grounds of Sandy Spring Museum.
Strangeness, irregularity, pushing back against traditional understandings of what “should be” or “has been” and entering into the unknown: to queer is to defy a single mode of representation, to question naming as an act of freezing or dismissing. Queer is not only a noun; it’s also a verb, an action. It’s not who, but how we are. To queer is to interrogate what is considered to be “natural,” to reexamine narratives and identify alternate viewpoints; to embrace a more fluid spectrum of viewing identity and gender, among other things. How can contemporary sculpture, installation, sound, performance and interdisciplinary projects embody the action of queering? How can material and form embody or imagine what is “other”? — Stephanie Mercedes

This exhibit is funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Participating Artists
All participating artists are members of the Washington Scupltors Group: Esperanza Alzona, Hyunsuk Erickson, Kenneth Hilker, Barb Januszkiewicz, Kristen Jordan, Sanzi Kermes, Jean Jinho Kim, Mallory Kimmel, Jonathan Ottke, Sarah Rodman, Mike Shaffer, Ira Tattelman, and Lawrence Watson.

Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD.