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SoVA MFA Sidney Mullis Solo Exhibition in New York City, SOHO

Video Still Mating Ritual of the Lumpbutt Bouncer

inti.mate, a solo exhibition by SoVA MFA student Sidney Mullis, is on display through May 12 in the Wooster St. Window Gallery at the Leslie Lohman Museum in NYC (SOHO). Investigating notions of gender and sexuality, the show presents performance-based videos of invented animals’ mating rituals. A reception will take place May 5 at the museum from 6-8 P.M.

In the show, Mullis performs as invented animals to build a domain of alternative biology and culture. Interested in what constitutes “sexy,” Mullis’ video series stems from studying rap music and videos that instruct women how to perform their sex appeal. This media’s lyrics, which iare evocative of mating rituals in contemporary culture, often direct women to “push it,” “shake it,” or “wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.” This proposed kingdom, however, is not suggesting itself as something to be strived for. It is a visual playground to speculate boundaries of gender performance in the present and for the future.

In addition to her solo exhibition, Mullis also has work on display in the international juried exhibition Being Her Now: Feminine Identity in the 21st Century on display through March 26 at Salisbury University, MD. The exhibition investigates the role of women in the 21st century, and how we engage in historic ideas of feminism and femininity.

Mullis is also part of two group exhibitions, in Chicago and Ohio. One in Herself is on display March 11April 24 at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Borders is on display through March 31 at Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts and River House Arts in Ohio. Borders was juried by Sarah Rose Sharp, who has written for Hypoallergenic and Art in America.

Mullis said she is grateful for her SoVA faculty mentors. “During my time here at Penn State SoVA, the faculty has helped me greatly in shaping the conceptual and technical aspects of my work. Without them, the work would not have developed as it has and would not have gone to all these places! Thank you Penn State SoVA faculty!” 

Mullis is currently pursuing her MFA with a concentration in sculpture. She received a BA in Studio Art with Honors from University of Mary Washington and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is a recipient of the Graham Fellowship and Melchers Gray Purchase Award. Her work has been exhibited in a number of locations, including Berlin, Germany, and Tokyo, Japan. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, and group exhibition at pehrspace in Los Angeles, CA.

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