About the Event
Our newest Artist Bash speaks to key themes within our Suzanne Valadon exhibition. During her lifetime, the artist tackled issues that remain provocative today, including female desire and a woman’s experience of her own physicality. We are honored to host the world premiere of Althea Rao’s Vagina Chorus through a partnership with Women’s Way.
This one-of-a-kind performance—intended to reorient our thinking around the vagina and our bodies—combines wearable technology, theater, physical therapy–inspired choreography, and vaginally produced music to create an immersive audiovisual experience.
Not sure what to expect? Join us and find out! This show is appropriate for all ages. Playful and profound, the program seeks to break historical taboos, normalize conversations around vaginas and pelvic health, and reaffirm women as the narrators of their own bodies and representations.
This program is family friendly and open to audience members of all ages and genders.
About the Artist
Althea Rao is a conceptual artist with a social practice. She approaches systems and objects as products of design that represent sociohistorical values and shape human experience. Through subversive application and deliberate misinterpretation, her works examine how identities and meanings are institutionalized in this process, via the lens of gender, technology, and capitalism. She holds an MFA in film and media arts from Temple University.
Artist Bash is created in partnership with our Creative Council. The council includes OneHunted, Small but Mighty Arts, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and Lorraine Ballard Morril. This program is presented in partnership with Women’s Way.
Vagina Chorus is made possible with the support of Perifit, MAP Fund, FCA, Theater Mitu, More Art, Ableton Live, and Cycling '74, among others. Visit this page for a complete list of collaborators and acknowledgements.
Artist Bash at the Barnes
Held three times a year, our Artist Bash series packs a powerhouse of creative forces across a myriad of disciplines. Join us as we gather with musicians, dancers, designers, poets, and performers. Here are some photos from our past events.