Jess Dugan: Every Breath We Drew



Gallery 210 presents
Jess T. Dugan: Every Breath We Drew

Exhibition continues through October 15, 2017


Gallery 210 is pleased to present the first St. Louis exhibition of work by noted photographer and artist Jess T. Dugan. The exhibition will feature selected photographs from her series, “Every Breath We Drew” as well as the premiere of a new video piece titled Letter to my Father. The artist will present a lecture at 4 p.m. on September 9 in the Gallery 210 Auditorium. A reception for the artist immediately follows the lecture from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dugan photographs subjects and scenes that embody an expansive conception of gender. In Every Breath We Drew, she explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through portraits of herself and others. Working within the framework of queer experience and from her actively constructed sense of masculinity, Dugan’s portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others. In her heartbreaking video, “Letter to My Father” she recounts the difficulties that have accompanied her personal search for authenticity.

This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with an essay by Allison Grant, artist, educator, and curator based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Dugan holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Aperture Foundation, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Catherine Edelman Gallery, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and at many colleges and universities nationwide and have been featured in the New York Times, CNN, The Advocate, Slate, The Huffington Post, and the Boston Globe.

Dugan’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Harvard Art Museums, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Alfond Collection at Rollins College, the DePaul Art Museum, Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Chase, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.                                      

This exhibition is supported in part by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the Regional Arts Commission, the Center for the Humanities at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL.

Gallery 210 is on the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 44 Arnold Gorman Drive between the North UM-St. Louis Metro Station and the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The gallery phone number is (314) 516-5976.

Public parking for Gallery 210 is available at the South Millennium Parking Garage on the east side of East Drive on the UM-St. Louis Campus. Handicapped parking is available behind Gallery 210.

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