Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts

Curated by John Killacky

June 19 - December 31, 2020

Open to the public for in-person viewing by appointment starting August 3, 2020. 





This exhibition includes approximately 45 photographs from her expansive oeuvre over the last forty years featuring essential documentation of the avant-garde performance and queer liberation scenes in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, humane in situ portraits of those with cognitive disabilities, cloistered nuns, race workers, hot walkers at the race track, Appalachians, and farmers as well as luminous photos of horses, oxen and goats.

A longtime New York City resident, McAdams now lives on a goat farm in Sandgate, Vermont, with her husband, the writer Brad Kessler.

After showing at BMAC from June 22 through September 23, “Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts” will tour Vermont through November 2020, visiting Castleton University’s Bank Gallery in Rutland, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury and Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.





Catamoment #8: Interview with Dona Ann McAdams and John Killacky

Stowe Today:  An inside look: McAdams’ remarkable, insightful photos coming to Helen Day in Stowe

Stowe Today: “I make photographs now, I don’t take them.”

 Vermont Digger 

All Things LGBTQ: News & Interview with Dona Ann McAdams

Seven Days: Photographer Dona Ann McAdams Considers Her Remarkable Career


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Selected Works


Thank you to the Supporters of this exhibition
Grantors & In-Kind Sponsors:

Green Mountain Inn
National Endowment for the Arts
Stowe Reporter
Town of Stowe
Vermont Arts Council 

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