Beverly Semmes (U.S., born 1958) is a sculptor whose work also incorporates painting, photography, and performance in pursuit of unpacking the paradoxes and complexities of the female body and its representation. Semmes became known for her large-scale dress works in the early 1990s, of which this installation, Six Silvers, is a characteristic example—the physical body absent, but the suggestion of presence enormous.
Semmes’ oversized articles of clothing, primarily dresses, are typically altered by elongating the arms and hemming the length to extend to the floor, often filling the entire gallery. One of the newest additions to the Henry’s collection, the suite of dresses that comprise Six Silvers embody the alternately monumental, glamorous, grotesque, and humorous nature of Semmes’ sculptural installations.
Exhibition Date: June 22, 2019 - October 13, 2019
Location: East Gallery, Henry Art Gallery
$10 - General Admission
$6 - Seniors (62+)
Free - Henry members; UW students, faculty, and staff; students, and children.
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