Doll-Like: Exhibition & Community Curated Doll Collection


Artwork by Susan Clinard

Artwork by Susan Clinard

May 14 – July 20, 2014

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents Doll Like: An Exhibition and Community Curated Doll Collection curated by Debbie Hesse and Paul Clabby at John Slade Ely Center for Contemporary Art, 51 Trumbull Street, New Haven. The exhibition opens May 14 and runs through July 20. The exhibition features artwork by T. Foley, Cara DeAngelis, Joesph Saccio, Margaret Roleke, Susan Clinard, Tine Kindermann, Kimberly Mikenis, Lani Asuncion, Silas Finch, Laura Marsh and Mary Giehl. The featured artists will show videos, paintings and sculptures based on the idea of dolls which Hesse says, “will expand your thinking about dolls.” A public reception will take place on May 18, 2 – 5pm.

About the Community Doll Collection

The inspiration for Doll-Like came over 10 years ago when Debbie Hesse travelled through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. “Dolls are concrete representations of our humanness” Hesse said in article for the June Arts Paper, “They are universal icons which offer social, political, historical context to explore issues about personal and cultural identity, gender roles, play, heritage, magic, ritual, childhood, and memory.” To expand on this idea the public is invited to participate by dropping off their favorite cherished, handmade or collected dolls during gallery hours through July 2nd.

In addition to the exhibition and community curated doll collection, Doll-Like has been an ongoing community engagement project that included artist-led doll making workshops at neighborhood agencies such as Casa Otonal, Connecticut Mental Health Center, Dixwell Senior Center, Project Green, Project M.O.R.E., Stetson Library as part of Celebrating Black History Month, Tower One and Virginia Wells Home. Local artists and sculptors Susan Clinard and Silas Finch, photographer Rashmi Talpade and performer/doll maker Elaine Peters participated in the series.

Additional workshops and related performances are planned throughout the duration of the exhibition. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday 11am – 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 2pm – 5pm.

For more information about Doll-Like please contact Debbie Hesse at The Arts Council, (203) 772-2788.





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