By Tara Lynn Johnson
Gender stereotypes have existed for centuries. One exhibit is challenging them by asking: Do male and female artists create certain kinds of works? Can you tell just by looking at them?
Test your gender preconceptions at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington during the “Battle of the Sexes” exhibit. Thirteen pairs of artworks sit side by side letting viewers vote on which of each pair was created by a man and which by a woman.
The exhibit was organized by the Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art, whose mission is to create community through art, education and social activism. The group invited 13 women to participate; then those women asked a man to pair up with them. Artists’ first names do not appear on exhibit labels (or in this article) to keep their gender hidden.
Viewers fill out ballots to vote on the gender of each artist in each pair. The results will be tallied May 7 (the exhibit runs through May 22) and posted on the museum’s website (www.delart.org)."