Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity, and the Home

January 20, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Recurring daily
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Museum members: free | Adults: $15 | Senior citizens (age 65+): $10 | Youth (to age 18): free | College students & Active Military: $8
Location: Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 848-8200

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This exhibition showcases the work of contemporary artists exploring issues of domesticity and identity. Both a private and public space, the home can be personal and intimate, as well as social and political. It reflects identity, ownership, and even the individual and social expectations of family life. Focusing on the exteriors of homes, domestic objects, and the domestic interior and its inhabitants, the artists in this exhibition portray domestic realms that are real and imagined to explore contemporary attitudes toward domestic life. These artists examine domesticity in different ways. Some examine the home as a social space and challenge “traditional” domestic roles for women while others explore the home as a symbol of family, culture, inheritance, or consumerism. Whereas some of the artists take a satirical or humorous approach to domesticity, others take a sentimental or nostalgic approach, imbuing their works of art with a sense of longing. Although they are diverse in their uses of materials and methods, all of these artists create highly evocative and thought-provoking works of art about a place (the home) and theme (domesticity) that are still as hotly contested and debated as they are valued and cherished.

Participating Artists Include:
Lisa Barthelson, Nadine Boughton, Kara Dunne, Brooke Erin Goldstein, Leslie M.W. Graff, Nancy Grace Horton, Astrid Reischwitz, and Edith
Vonnegut.

Image Featured:
Nadine Boughton, TV Dinner, 2008, From the series “The Pleasures of Modern Living,” Archival pigment print, 18 x 24 inches, Courtesy of the Artist and Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA

Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity, and the Home
  • January 20, 2018 - May 6, 2018
  • Newport Art Museum
  • Museum members: free | Adults: $15 | Senior citizens (age 65+): $10 | Youth (to age 18): free | College students & Active Military: $8
  • Recurring daily