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New York artist to show photos
LeJeune explores gender and power in ‘Diana’ exhibition.
JACKSONVILLE, IL – Rochester, NY, artist Margaret LeJeune will exhibit her images March 1 to March 24 at the Applebee Gallery on the MacMurray College campus. An opening reception for the show, “The Modern Day Diana,” will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at the gallery.
Curator of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Roxana Marcoci, selected the work as 2010 Curator’s Choice Award at Center, Santa Fe, NM. It was also selected as Best In Show at the International Women In Photography Exhibition at the 12 12 Gallery in Richmond, VA.
The title of the exhibition is a reference to the Roman goddess Diana. Goddess of the hunt, Diana was described as strong, graceful, beautiful and possessing superior hunting skills. Her protection was sought for young children and women in childbirth.
In the context of that myth, LeJeune’s series of photographs, taken across the U.S., explores the modern notions of women hunters and the issues of gender, power and representation. Each image captures a personal depiction of the sitter, made evident by the setting. By photographing in each woman’s home or hunting lodge, she seeks to create a dynamic that questions the relationship between the domestic sphere, traditionally the women’s place; and the hunting world, typically a masculine realm.
LeJeune’s work has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Newspace Center for Photography, The Center for Fine Art Photography and in numerous national invitational and juried exhibitions. She is an assistant professor of art at Lyon College in Batesville, AR.
The Applebee Gallery is located in the Putnam/Springer Building at the southeast corner of State Street and Clay Avenue in Jacksonville.
Pictured: “Robin and Rose”
Note: After the “Diana” opening, Jacksonville resident Richard Nelson will speak on Vaclav Havel as part of the MacMurray Speakers Series, “Jacksonville Speaks.” He will present “The Improbable Life of Vaclav Havel” in the Thoresen Recital Hall, also located in the Putnam/Springer Building on the MacMurray College campus.