Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts

Curated by John Killacky

June 19 - November 14, 2020

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

 

 


 

Description

Approximately forty 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 ‘90’s, humane in situ portraits of those with cognitive disabilities, cloistered nuns, hot walkers at the race track, Appalachians, and farmers as well as luminous photos of horses, oxen, goats. 

In the mid-1970s, McAdams was inspired by her friendship with civil rights icon Harvey Milk to use her camera to encourage social change. She photographed the “NEA Four,” performance artists whose work became the focus of conservative outrage in the early 1990s. Images from this series are included in the exhibition, as are McAdams’ photographs of anti-nuclear protests, AIDS activism, people living with mental illness, nuns from St. Mary’s Convent, backstretch workers at a Saratoga Springs race track, and working farm animals.

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.

  

 

  


Press

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

 


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