Doreen Garner: Full Body

Doreen Garner: Full Body

January 23rd – February 25th, 2017

Artist’s Public Presentations:

Thursday, February 21st, 1:30 pm, Art & Design Building, Fine Arts Gallery 

Thursday, February 21st, 7:00 pm, Washington Project for the Arts, 2124 8th Street NW Washington, DC 20001

Exhibition Location:

Fine Arts Gallery, Art & Design Building (Building 4 on Fairfax Campus map)

George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030

Link to directions


Phone: Donald Russell, 202-213-6272

Websites: School of ArtDoreen Garner

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm and Friday and Saturday Noon – 4pm

Paid parking: Shenandoah Parking Garage (Building 43 on GMU Map)





About the Exhibition:

George Mason University’s School of Art and African and African American Studies Program are proud to host Doreen Garner: Full Body an exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist’s seductively-crafted and provocatively grotesque sculptural objects. Made from a diverse array of materials including hand-blown glass, silicone, swarovski crystal, hair, and anatomy books, Garner’s work is materially and visually arresting, while purposefully confronting the dark spectres of atrocity associated with the objectification and dissection of the black female body in the history of medical experimentation.

“I identify, extract, and exploit the tissues that bind the sexual and the grotesque, specifically regarding the black female body. Treated as spectacle and disposable specimen, these women and their stories—Henrietta Lacks, Saartjie Baartman, the victims of Dr. J. Marion Sims—are a driving force. Identifying the voyeur as the subject, an oppositional gaze is directed towards fetish, objectification, and racism.”

About Doreen Garner:

Doreen Garner (b.1986) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has appeared in national and international exhibitions at venues including Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA; University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery, Providence, RI; Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY. Garner has been awarded residencies at Pioneer Works, NY; Toledo Museum of Art, OH; Abrons Art Center, NY; S12 Glass Studio, Bergen, Norway; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She holds a BFA in Glass from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and an MFA in Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is current in residence at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.

All events free and open to the public.

About the Fine Arts Gallery at George Mason University

The Fine Arts Gallery at George Mason University is committed to the presentation of innovative new art and creating a forum for active dialogue, research, and engagement with contemporary visual ideas and artistic practices. Located in the School of Art (SOA) on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, the Fine Arts Gallery offers a diverse program of exhibitions by emerging and established contemporary artists, thesis exhibits by current MFA candidates, and a semi-annual SOA undergraduate senior exhibition.

The African and African American Studies Program at George Mason University

The African and African American Studies program offers students a unique opportunity to better understand the experiences of people of African descent throughout the African Diaspora—from the African continent to the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. Through coursework in disciplines like philosophy, history, religion, literature, art and more, the African and African American Studies program aims to vitalize the landscape of historical thinking. It encourages students to critically examine and better appreciate the global struggle for justice. The program offers a minor and access to the resources of the Paul Robeson Room. These connect them to a research-minded group of faculty that is using technology to reflect on history, build community outreach programs, and channel its students to jobs, internships, and other study programs.