Homo domesticus

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: Melissa Stang
August 3 – September 23, 2001
Minnesota Artists Gallery


In Homo domesticus, Melissa Stang presented two new works. The first, From the Real Life Drawing Co-op: Still Life with Domestic Disarray, was a monumental, irregularly shaped and assembled painting that sought to reconcile the often-unattainable cultural expectations she has experienced as a woman artist. The painting sported cartoon-style images from her life, complete with a cubist sense of space that not only tipped tables up, but gave a fresh look under her kitchen sink and inside a closet heaped with shoes and dirty laundry.

The second part of Stang's exhibit was titled Period Room for a Moist Temperate Environment (or, A Natural History Guide for Interior Decorators). Here she depicted a domestic interior of a female herpetologist, filled with furniture from yesteryear and assorted feminine domestic crafts bedecked with lizards and amphibians. Through this work Stang challenged museums' presentation and ideas of “high” and “low” art.

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  • Opening Reception and film screening: Thursday, August 2 – September 23, 2001 in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist-talk with Melissa Stang: Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist-talk and film screening with Chris Larson: Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery and Pillsbury Auditorium.

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