New St. Paul art exhibit challenges what it means to be ‘ladylike’


St. Paul artist Andrea Bagdon grew up listening to her grandmother imploring her to “be ladylike.” That intended currently being polite, obedient, demure — and not a lot a lot more.

Many years later, gals in positions of ability from politics to business to artwork are growing the definition of “ladylike” in strategies Bagdon’s grandmother could possibly under no circumstances have imagined.

Bagdon and fellow St. Paul artist Spencer Gillespie examine that shifting landscape in their new Twin Metropolitan areas exhibit, “” It’s a deep look at femininity, gender norms, sexism — and who will get to define the terms.

“We genuinely needed to make up group and is a way for us to include other queer and feminine or female determining artists and give them a system and to show them that we can speak about these points,” stated Gillespie. “When I feel about matters that are linked with femininity, and female things, I recognized they have been all manufactured by adult men and these were being males telling females how to behave. That truly designed me concern it and we are turning that on its head.”

A pink and multi-colored painting

A piece from at the Lowertown Underground Artist Gallery.

Courtesy of Andrea Bagdon

At a time when reproductive legal rights in America are currently being constrained in a put up-Roe planet, Bagdon, stated numerous folks are even now processing what just it suggests and how the region will shift forward with limited entry to abortion nationally.

“We are nevertheless processing what occurred and we all respond differently but for us,” she reported. “The greatest detail we can do is to make perform and retain anything we make. I believe that it is an act of resistance.” Displays like “” compel visitors to issue what they have been taught, she additional.

“I do consider that artists have the capabilities to disrupt and kind of shift tradition,” Bagdon stated. “If we can expose the disaster, then there can be new choices. I truly feel like with collaboration, ideally, at the very least our voices can be listened to.”

The exhibit functions involve paintings, experimental movie projections and combined media installations. Each piece was co-developed by Bagdon, 38, and Gillespie, 31. The two grew up in the Twin Metropolitan areas and recently returned soon after leaving for schooling and employment. 

In “,” they say they hope to have visitors — and specifically female-pinpointing men and women — greater have an understanding of their connection with femininity. The upcoming stage is to mature “” throughout the Twin Cities with other femme and queer artists.

On Saturday, Bagdon and Gillespie will host the opening reception for “” from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lowertown Underground Artist Gallery. will open up for visitors as a result of July 31 on Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment in the course of the week.

A pink image outlined as a girl stands on a bed

A piece from at the Lowertown Underground Artist Gallery.

Courtesy of Andrea Bagdon


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