On view at Smack Mellon until Sunday, December 29

Idol Worship

Idol Worship celebrates the ongoing cultural, social and political significance of role model adoration as an essential survival strategy. Partially inspired by John Waters’s Role Models, a pseudo-autobiography through his influences or “filth elders,” the exhibition will emphasize work that presents women and women-identifying role models as sources of possibility, creativity, courage, self-fashioning and sometimes, transgression. Idol Worship asserts how the identification with role models is especially significant for those alienated from dominant social institutions, whether the biological family, history, or mainstream culture.