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Mothers' Day Opening Reception

  • Little Berlin 2430 Coral Street Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States (map)

Mothers’ Day
A group exhibition

May 12th - 26th
Opening Reception: May 12th 6-9pm with performance by Katie Rauth at 7pm
Closing Reception: May 26th 6-9
Gallery Hours: May 20th & May 27th 1-4pm or by appointment

All of us are affected by Motherhood. Some of us are Mothers, some yearn to be, some never will. Some Mothers are women, some are not. Some of us are just like our Mothers, some of us wish we were not. Some call their biological parent “Mother”, others choose their Mother. The concept of Motherhood touches all of humanity in some way and yet its experience is intensely personal. Motherhood is neither a Hallmark Card nor Radical Manifesto; it exists, like a feeling between words and declarations.

Mother’s Day is an exploration of these feelings, and more. Zoë Cohen uses the effluvia of motherhood as a “reflection on my transition into, through, and beyond the early stages of motherhood” and the daily labor that demands, while Lisa Sylvester and Erin Elizabeth document new motherhood with mandalas of pills and sprinkles or meticulous pencil drawings. Naomieh Jovin explores her feelings around the loss of her mother through photography, making “connections to her mother’s personal history alongside hers” and exploring her own identity as a Haitian-American. The drag community forms its own familial bonds with drag mothers, daughters and houses: Katie Rauth’s performative work appropriates stereotypes of femininity in drag queen culture, establishing “power and strength in her own femininity through constructed identity while questioning “the surprisingly narrow mindset of gender inclusivity in mainstream drag.” Xia Zhang and Lavett Ballard uncover identity through an exploration of heritage: Xia as a Chinese-born woman who has spent most of her life “in white-dominated communities from coal country to wine country” and Lavett as an African American woman exploring how gender and race alienate or imprison.

Featured Artists:
Lavet Ballard
Zoë Cohen
Erin Elizabeth
Noamieh Jovin
Katie Rauth
Lisa Sylvester
Xia Zhang

Curated by Little Berlin members: Em Jensen & Kayte Terry
For more info contact: Em Jensen and/or Kayte Terry


May 12–May 20th
(Re)mnants: a solo exhibition by Monique Muse Dodd
Opening reception: May 12th, 6-9pm
The Annex at Little Berlin

May 20th, 2018 7pm
Heavy Air
Heavy Air is an experimental music quintet dedicated to exploring the intersections of acoustic and social spaces. On their current tour, they will be performing new work by composers Christine Burke, Victoria Cheah, Adam Zuckerman, and Daniel Meyer-O’Keeffe. Heavy Air is Chris Beroes-Haigis (cello), Chris Paul (trombone), Rob Cosgrove (percussion/objects), Adam Zuckerman (guitar), and Daniel Meyer-O’Keeffe (guitar/electronics).

May 26th, 2018 6-9pm
Mothers’ Day Closing Reception/
Synth BBQ- food and synth performance by Jerry Kaba/

HOMECOMING: a solo exhibition by Luan Joy Sherman — Opening in the Annex May 26th

(Look Out For More Info Coming Soon!)

Little Berlin
2340 Coral Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Earlier Event: May 12
(S)Extra: Bait & Switches
Later Event: May 12
Heart of West Philadelphia