'Sisters' Bethany Birnie



Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 27-Feb. 17
Time Varies
Free; $5 opening reception; $10 closing reception.
Art, Galleries

Five artists — all of them women — have contributed arresting imagery to this exhibition that defies traditional, patriarchal conventions of female beauty and usefulness. In Bethany Birnier’s photography, for example, glamour and taxidermy are juxtaposed to underscore just how ephemeral beauty can be. In her work, Bunny Portia draws from her experiences as a Playboy Bunny in the 1970s to illuminate, via a transformative sort of x-ray vision, a similar memento-mori sensibility. In Caitlin Karolczak, Jane Wunrow, and Serah Sauser’s pieces, figures and faces are disassembled and recast in acts of metamorphosis that refract notions of female physicality and identity. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, January 27, featuring live music by Aimerie. A closing reception at 7 p.m. Friday, February 17 will feature an original dance performance piece from Ghostbridge Theatre.