AGE OF THE BIMBO: Artists Walkthrough and Closing Exhibition
@ Woman Made Gallery
2150 S Canalport Ave, 4A-3, Chicago, IL 60608
Opening Saturday, September 10th, from 2PM - 4PM
On view through Saturday, September 10th
This Saturday, Woman Made Gallery will be hosting a final Artists Walkthrough before the close of the show. Artists Anne-Joelle Tan, Cindy Fonseca, Liuxing Johnston, Carisa Mitchell, Jaana Baker, and Kelsey Bogdan will be in attendance. Take this opportunity to engage with these fabulous artists and ask questions!
Age of the Bimbo is a group exhibition juried by Melissa Mursch-Rodriguez (she/her) who is an artist, curator, and founder of “Moody Zine.” This exhibition celebrates the bimbo — exploring hyper-femininity as a tool for empowerment and putting self-pleasure first.
Girlbosses are out, bimbos are in! But the new bimbo isn’t dumb; she’s empowered, utilizing beauty to get ahead by being underestimated and putting her pleasure first. There is careful thought behind bimbology, taking the male gaze that’s been unavoidable since birth and using it to create a caricature through the performance of vanity and cluelessness. The bimbo uses our culture’s idea of intelligence – rooted in patriarchal, racist, and ableist norms – and uses it to gain whatever she wants. A self-aware bimbo is everything men want visually whilst also being everything they hate: self-aware, sexually empowered, politically conscious, and beyond. Bimbos have unlocked these facts: both intelligence and attractiveness are flimsy constructs that are regularly wielded against femmes, people of color, and neurodivergent people. Reverse the fetishization of femininity and embrace your bimboism!
Juror melissa murch-rodriguez says, “As I faced the challenge of narrowing down all of the incredible work submitted to Age of the Bimbo, pink became an aesthetic guide for the show. From there, I wanted as many brands of bimbo represented as possible. What does it look like to be a non-binary bimbo? A country bimbo? A Black, Brown, or Asian bimbo? Even a sea monster bimbo? These unique bimbos are accompanied by works celebrating sex, tits, and glits in direct contrast to works questioning how the male gaze and capitalism bleed into bimbology. Age of the Bimbo simultaneously celebrates the ability to critique and reclaim the bimbo archetype all while covered in glitter.”
Post Image: Jaana Baker: Maria Clara/Whore (2022) – photography; 24 x 36 in.
Dial 354 to enter building. 4th Floor.
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