Lavender Menace.  Curated by ; Maddie Alexander  Artists: Adrienne Crossman, Maximilian Suillerot, Charlie “Scratchpeppper” McQuaide, Faith, Jesse King.   The White House Studio Project, May 17th-25th, 2018.     At a National Organization for Women (NOW) meeting in 1969, author, activist, founder and president of NOW Betty Friedan stated that “outspoken lesbians” had become a “threat to the feminist movement.” Friedan claimed that their presence “distracted from the ultimate goal of gaining equality for women,” and labeled them a “lavender menace." Nearly 50 years later, this rhetoric of exclusion as a means for assimilation still remains present. Being too loud, too radical, or non-commodifiable deems you a potential threat. Within this exhibition, these five artists explore varying intersections of queerness which are continually erased, overlooked, or silenced in order to keep queerness palatable for the masses. 
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}     *video still* Please click image to watch full video.     Straddling the Line, 2016  In this work, the artist plays with the performative nature of gender. There is a ubiquitous pressure to present oneself as one consistent gender identity, and this becomes limiting and often oppressive for those who fluctuate or exist between the lines. The artist uses the duality of both the screens and shadows to speak to the hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine performance while the performer remains of the same body. 
       
     
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