Converging Voices: Gender and Identity Opening Reception

The Hofstra University Museum is hosting an opening reception for Converging Voices: Gender and Identity, on Thursday, September 14, 4-6 p.m. Guest host and speaker is Karyn Valerius, PhD, Hofstra University Director of Women’s Studies and Disability Studies and Associate Professor of English. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition, on display through December 15, 2017, at the Emily Lowe Gallery, presents a diverse group of artists whose work confronts multiple issues of identity including gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality.

Curated by Karen T. Albert, Hofstra University Museum deputy director and chief curator, Converging Voices reflects an international scope and features artists such as Ghada Amer, Mariam Ghani, Martine Gutierrez, Guerrilla Girls, Yee I-Lann, Zanele Muholi, Pinaree Sanpitak, Carrie Mae Weems, and Philemona Williamson.

Nancy Richner, director of the Hofstra University Museum said, “Converging Voices showcases the work of a diverse group of artists who encourage us to consider complex ideas. For instance, how we straddle the contemporary while embracing the traditional, how are we seen by others verses how we define ourselves, what is our voice and how can we be heard. These are artists who present stories that we may not fully understand, and yet they captivate us the more we look.”

Additional specialized programming planned in conjunction with the exhibition includes:

Tuesday, October 10, 4:30-6 p.m. A Seat at the Table: Converging Voices: Gender and Identity
Take a “seat at the table” with several artists from the exhibition Converging Voices: Gender and Identity along with select Hofstra faculty and students, and be a part of an intimate conversation about themes raised by the exhibition. Karyn Valerius, PhD, director of women’s studies and disability studies and associate professor of English, Hofstra University, serves as moderator.
Fee: $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+). 

Friday, December 8, 1-4 p.m. A Poetry Writing Workshop: Converging Voices: Gender and Identity
In this enjoyable and lively poetry writing workshop, we look closely at and discuss works of art in the exhibition Converging Voices: Gender and Identity. Participants will discover and develop their own abilities to interpret and write about works of art. Co-facilitators: Liv Mammone, poet and book editor, Hofstra University; Dayna Troisi, poet, freelance writer, and adjunct professor of English, Hofstra University. Limited to 12 participants; all levels of writing experience. Fee: $7 general and $5 for seniors (65+). 

For more information about this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum website.

Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. 


Philemona Williamson 
(American, born 1951)
Golden Afternoon, 2015
Oil on canvas
48 x 60 in.
Courtesy of the artist and June Kelly Gallery, New York


Converging Voices: Gender and Identity Exhibition

May 2 - December 15

Gallery Location: Emily Lowe Gallery, Behind Lowe Hall, South Campus

Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.


Galleries are closed during installations, holidays and University recesses. 

Funding support for the exhibition has been provided by Astoria Bank and the New York State
Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Presented in conjunction with the 17th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities to be held at Hofstra University June 1 - 4, 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017





Emily Lowe Gallery (Behind Lowe Hall)
Emily Lowe Hall
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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