Gadsden Museum of Art debuts August exhibits

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Photo: Dr. Sarah Miles’ exhibit consists of cyanotype prints on vintage dresses. (Emma Kirkemier/Messenger)

As of August 5, the Gadsden Museum of Art will be opening several new exhibits.

Joi West will be featured in the first-floor Leo Reynolds Gallery with their show Southern Faces, and Associate Professor Sarah Miles’ show titled Not So Much A Whisper will be exhibited in the Barbara Reed Gallery located on the second floor.

Joi West’s Southern Faces is a project to document and archive 67 stories from members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Alabama. Based on their own experiences and finding out their identity, West said in the project’s artist statement, “Thus the beautiful complexities and intersectionality of our lives and memories build upon these questions: Where are we? Who are we? What does it take for us to find each other?”

Not So Much A Whisper is inspired by the ability of women to balance the weight of life’s challenges with dignity, strength, agency and grace. Miles uses a broad spectrum of photographic practices and the confluence of science and art to inform her imagery. She said in her artist statement, “These cyanotype prints on fabric endeavor to remind one of the enigmatic blurring of femininity and the fragility of nature.”

All exhibits will be on display Tuesday through Saturday until September 23. Please visit gadsdenmuseum.com for more information and upcoming artists.

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