Artist Stein to give interactive talk in HUB

September 29, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The HUB-Robeson Galleries will be hosting a talk and reception celebrating "The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Freeman Auditorium, adjacent to the HUB Gallery.

Stein will give a lecture discussing her work and inspiration. The exhibition runs through Nov. 30. 

The reception will begin immediately following the lecture, where a brief performance incorporating Stein’s wearable sculptures will also take place. Light refreshments will be provided, and guests will have the opportunity to meet Stein. Guests will also be invited to try on some of Stein’s sculptures, giving them the opportunity to change “skins” with varying gender-bending results.

Stein is an artist-activist who explores gender roles and stereotypes through the creation of her large, heroic female torsos and figures. They are intended to scramble gender expectations and merge opposites: they are female and male; they are strong though soft, warrior-like albeit pacifist guardians. The black leather torsos and 7-foot figures — created with buckles, zippers and chains — are complemented by more colorful acrylicized-paper torsos featuring iconic Wonder Woman motifs. The sculptures have a unique push-pull tension: an inviting playfulness, and yet are fierce and formidable in a way that may make one want to step back.


  • A sculpture by Linda Stein

    "The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein" runs through Nov. 30 in the HUB Gallery.

    IMAGE: Penn State
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