Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity, and the Home

Jan 20, 2018 - May 6, 2018

Newport Art Museum

76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

Phone Number: 401.848.8200
Contact: Newport Art Museum

This exhibition showcases the work of contemporary artists exploring issues of
domesticity and identity. Both a private and public space, the home can be personal and
intimate, as well as social and political. It reflects identity, ownership, and even the
individual and social expectations of family life. Focusing on the exteriors of homes,
domestic objects, and the domestic interior and its inhabitants, the artists in this
exhibition portray domestic realms that are real and imagined to explore contemporary
attitudes toward domestic life. These artists examine domesticity in different ways. Some
examine the home as a social space and challenge "traditional" domestic roles for women
while others explore the home as a symbol of family, culture, inheritance, or
consumerism. Whereas some of the artists take a satirical or humorous approach to
domesticity, others take a sentimental or nostalgic approach, imbuing their works of art
with a sense of longing. Although they are diverse in their uses of materials and methods,
all of these artists create highly evocative and thought-provoking works of art about a
place (the home) and theme (domesticity) that are still as hotly contested and debated as
they are valued and cherished.

Participating artists include:
Lisa Barthelson
Nadine Boughton
Kara Dunne
Brooke Erin Goldstein
Leslie M.W. Graff
Nancy Grace Horton
Astrid Reischwitz
Edith Vonnegut


Event Type: Exhibition