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Group Show | Give Me Body! Femme Re-Divined

Curated by: Amy Andrieux
Assistant Curator: Sophia Rose
Dates: March 8 – April 16, 2019
Location: Central Exterior Gallery @ 80 Hanson Place

Made possible thanks to the generous gifts made by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and NYS Council on the Arts.

Press Preview: Friday, March 8 | 5-7 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, March 8 | 7-10 PM


Inspired by Queen Latifah’s “Come Into My House”, MoCADA’s “Give Me Body!: Femme Re-Divined” exhibit seeks to unravel how far society has come in our understanding, recognition, and celebration of the femme form — mind, body, and soul.

Social norms have long dictated gender, from their public facing meanings to their private impact. Mother. Shorty. Wifey. Bitch. Woman. Trans. Feminist — and other various descriptors for the female sex gradient, also come diabolically attached to a long antiquated idea of femininity, whose trappings and boundaries suffocate rather than uplift. This is especially true for women of color, whether cis or non-binary, who most often face the corrosive extremes of these imposed values at either end of the spectrum.

Enter our inclusive chorus of voices who help to further unpack this necessary conversation to deliver a vision for the future.

Explore the spectrum of womanhood, mind, body, and soul.



Marielys Burgos Meléndez, Genesis Tramaine, Mónica Hernández, Theda Sandiford, Denae Howard, Deun Ivory, Diamond Stingily, Vanessa German, Joy Messi, Kimberly Becoat, Adrienne Gaither, Darryl Terrell, Ayesha T. Jordan, Sophia Rose, Harmonia Rosales, Nikesha Breeze, and Brittney Leanne Williams.


Use MoCADA’s tour notes as your guide through the exhibit, which includes a deeper dive into our themes, the artists’ notes and bios, as well as a glossary for greater understanding of the exhibit’s subject matter. DOWNLOAD the Give Me Body! tour notes (pdf).


Sister Outsider by Audre LordeWomen, Race, and Class by Angela Davis Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay Shake Loose My Skin by Sonia Sanchez Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Mind, Body and Spirit by Queen Afua

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