‘Unspeakable’ to open in art department gallery

Published September 4, 2019

“Unspeakable,” an exhibition of work by four female artists from three different countries that addresses sensitive topics, will open on Sept. 5 in the Department of Art’s Lower Art Gallery.

An opening reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the gallery in B45 Center for the Arts.

The exhibition, featuring work in various media by Katharine Gaudy, Daesha Harris, Sarah Maple and Kaitlin Mason, is curated by Skylar Borgstrom, a faculty member at Northeastern University and UB MFA alumna.

“The artists and works in this exhibition have been selected by the virtue that they all address a common theme: the things in society which make us uncomfortable, the things polite conversation eschews,” Borgstrom explains. “It is a worldwide phenomenon that those with power and wealth are both audible and credible, while women and minorities struggle to be heard.

“To think this is an old conversation not worthy of repeating is a fallacy, proven by daily news streams highlighting the sexist and racist opinions of those in power,” she says.

“Speaking the unspeakable — calling a thing by its true name — attempts to regain some of that power.”

“Unspeakable” will be on view through Oct. 10. Gallery hours are 1-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and noon to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.