Art on Broad

The Feminine and the Gaze

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Fisher Brooks Gallery
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
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Advance registration is required.

Lori Waselchuk
graphic with title and date of the program and a photo of a bronze scultpure, Eve, by John Rhoden.

Join writer Anna Badkhen and poet Airea D. Matthews in conversation about the female body—the divine feminine, feminine futurism, the female physicality, and the feminine as object. The conversation will center the female body and the gaze of John Rhoden and of female literary artists of Anna's and Airea's choice, and will invite the contemplation of our own gaze—including the gaze of the audience.  

Registration for The Feminine and the Gaze includes museum admission.  

Image: John Rhoden (1918-2001), Eve 1957, Bronze on marble base, The John Walter Rhoden and Richanda Phillips Rhoden Collection. 

bio photo of Anna Badkhen, a light skinned person with very short cropped hair, wearing a dark coat with a fringed scarf, standing and looking upward, against a yellow background.

Anna Badkhen is the author of seven books, most recently Bright Unbearable Reality, longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award and for the 2023 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship, and the Joel R. Seldin Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility for writing about civilians in war zones. Badkhen was born in the Soviet Union and is a US citizen. She lives in West Philly. 

Bio photo of Airea D. Matthews a brown-skinned person, with long wavy brown hair, smiling and tilting their head to the right (a bit)

Airea D. Matthews’ first collection of poems is the critically acclaimed Simulacra, which received the prestigious 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Matthews is also the author of Bread and Circus (Scribner US and Picador UK, 2023), a memoir-in-verse that is a bold poetic reckoning with the realities of class and race and their intergenerational effects. For her writing, Matthews earned a 2020 Pew Fellowship as well as the 2017 Margaret Walker For My People award. In 2016, she received both the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Ireland, The New York Times, Georgia Review, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Best American Poetry, American Poet, and elsewhere. In 2022, she was named Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate. She is an associate professor and co-directs the poetry program at Bryn Mawr College, where she was presented the Lindback Distinguished Teaching award.