Role Play

Role Play is a group exhibition curated by Rupert Jenkins and Conor King for CPAC and the 2015 Month of Photography (MoP). The show, at RedLine March 14 – April 25, emphasizes self-portraits by artists who embrace themes related to transformation of self, the exploration of social traits such as historical reenactments, race and gender identity issues, or simply for play.

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Dates: March 14 – April 25, 2015
Location: RedLine Project Space, 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

Artists: Chan-Hyo BAE (London, UK), Nabil Boutros (Paris, France), Nina Katchadourian (Brooklyn, NY), Stacy Kranitz (Los Angeles, CA), Sally Stockhold (Denver, CO), Stacey Tyrell (Brooklyn, NY), Allison Welch (Madison, WI), Jordin Paige Wommack (Denver, CO).

Role Play features works by international, regional, and local photographers. It will be shown in the RedLine Project Space alongside Playing with Beauty curated by Mark Sink, showing in RedLine’s Exhibition Hall. The themes of both shows are aligned with RedLine’s ‘Play It Forward,’ a series of exhibitions, partnerships, and public programs that explore the intersection of art and play.

The show extends a line of inquiry that is central to the history of photography, dating back to the medium’s earliest days with “Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man” by Hippolyte Bayard (1840). Claude Calhoun, (active 1910-1930s) who pioneered self-portraiture to examine gender roles, was a forerunner of conceptual artists like Cindy Sherman, whose “Untitled Film Stills” series (1977-1980) initiated contemporary photography’s involvement with post-modernism and theoretical discourse.

Purchase a print copy of the exhibition catalog for $12.00, or a digital version for $2.00 through MagCloud:

To preview the catalog online, click the “Preview” link with the magnifying glass next to it.

Stacy Tyrell in Juxtapose

Role Play is presented by CPAC in partnership with RedLine Denver and supported by a Collaboration Grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Additional support given by Reed Photo-Imaging.

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