The Venus Vault: A Feminist Planetarium
curated by Heather Kapplow & Christina Vassallo
November 20, 2015 - January 15, 2016
SPACES / Cleveland, OH
This feminist planetarium, an integral part of The People's Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory, re-examines the hegemonic + sexist propaganda about creation via new media works and a site-specific installation. Expect an immersive correction of the phallic telescopic lens through which you have previously seen the universe.
Enter a cozy womb-like environment where you can safely consider the underpinnings of everything you thought you knew about everything. Engage in a tender exploration of a familiar/foreign planet via the 3D Mission: Cleveland Land Mass, witness the start of it all in Big Bang: A Birthing Story, and question authority in astronomy with Womyn Space. Shed an astral tear for the first bitch in space over Laika's Lullaby, go into deep space (if you dare) with Pink Black Hole, and back in time to the witchy origins of the universe with Middle of the Night. Then tumble gently back to earth on Le Voyage Dans la Lune.
Participating artists: Amber J. Anderson (Cleveland Heights, OH), Elena Harvey Collins (Los Angels, CA) & Corrie Slawson (Cleveland Heights, OH); Lana Z Caplan; Heather Kapplow (Alston, MA); Michelle Murphy (Chicago, IL); Julia Oldham (Eugene, OR); Hanna Rose Shell & John Douglas Manson (Boston, MA); Poussy Draama & Fannie Sosa / The School of No Big Deal; and Nanette Yannuzzi & Arzu Ozkal (Oberlin, OH).