Suzy Spence: On the Hunt

June 21 - August 24, 2019

Opening Reception: June 21, 5pm - 7pm

Curated by Amy Rahn

From Joan of Arc to 20th century Suffragist Inez Milholland, the history of women's empowerment intermixes with the history of women equestrians. In Suzy Spence's exhibition, "On the Hunt," paintings executed in her lucid, gestural hand vivify a world of mostly women riders who range boldly over each surface. Without being explicitly narrative, these works suggest a psychological linkage between the characters, who might be mothers and daughters, aunts, sisters, friends, or lovers, among possible affiliations. United in poise and skill--staged in the context of foxhunting "drags"--in which mounted riders chase the scent of a fox rather than the animal itself--the works link horseback riding--a traditional site of female empowerment--with close study of class and gender in foxhunting and its currency in light of the insurgent #metoo movement in which we find ourselves. --Amy Rahn 

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