The Complicit Eye, Kukuli Velarde’s first major exhibition in Philadelphia of paintings and sculptures, deconstructs ideals of female beauty from colonization to the local barrio. A 2015 Guggenheim fellow, Velarde’s show features work that interrogates the construction and consumption of beauty in Western culture, with self-portraits of her as “the other”– a woman, an immigrant, or merely a mature body, and sculptures that flip the male gaze. The show also showcases her performance drawings, a freehand mural she will work on during the first ten days the show./Exhibición de pinturas, esculturas, ceramic, que deconstruye los ideales de belleza desde la colonización hasta el barrio.
Based in Philadelphia, Kukuli Velarde is a painter and sculptor whose career spans four decades and two continents. Primarily known for her feminist reinterpretations of Colonial painting and Pre-Columbian sculpture, Velarde’s work brings together the personal and the political. Velarde has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a PEW Fellowship in 2003, a Knight Fellowship in 2009, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015.