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Exhibit investigates gender in America, explores impact of culture



d in how men and women in America define and act out gender in relation to cultural memes."

 Stokes said the exhibit addresses a range of issues, including questions about whether instincts "inform our choices," or if those choices are actually guided by society. "Gendering America" also explores the advent of feminism, the sexual revolution and the ongoing gay rights struggle.

A wide range of artists with different perspectives from across the nation, including Oklahoma, was chosen for the exhibit.

"Gendering America" features works by artists Ursula McCarty, Angela Piehl, Morgan Price, Derek Grant Smalling, Mary Lou Stokes and Ann Maree Walker.

In his artist's statement, Price wrote, "During adolescence, issues surrounding gender, sexuality and the body are of paramount importance as an individual molds their behavior and appearance to suit perceptions of correctness. The physical self becomes a social minefield in which one wrong step could be deadly. I am interested in these issues and their implications within my life and relationships."

The exhibit is on display through Jan. 9, 2009. An artists' reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at IAO, 811 N. Broadway.

Admission is free. For more information, call 232-6060.

"?Natalie Burkey



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