Taking the work of French Jewish artist and writer Claude Cahun (1894–1954) and her lifelong lover and collaborator Marcel Moore (1892–1972) as its starting point, Show Me as I Want to Be Seen examines the empowered representation of fluid and complex identity. Cahun (born Lucy Schwob) and Moore (born Suzanne Malherbe) were pioneers in their bold representations of an unfixed self. This exhibition positions their work in dialogue with ten contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, video, and 3-D animation. The contemporary artists in the exhibition--Nicole Eisenman, Rhonda Holberton, Hiwa K, Young Joon Kwak, Zanele Muholi, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Gabby Rosenberg, Tschabalala Self, Davina Semo, and Isabel Yellin--also address notions of the opaque, constructed, and shifting self.
Springing forward from the work of French Jewish artist Claude Cahun and lifelong collaborator Marcel Moore, whose early 20th-century work explored gender fluidity and queer identity long before these ideas became commonplace. Work by contemporary artists, including Rhonda Holberton and Toyin Ojih Odutola among others, provide contemporary counterpoints to their early ideas.