Womanhood, as it is understood and expressed, varies greatly across cultures and has also varied across time. Social forces shape gender identities. In this exhibition, artists demonstrate how social norms are modeled and learned—or disrupted—and how self-expression can be a tool for social commentary.
Although female-identified narratives are emphasized in this exhibition along with some nonbinary perspectives, we acknowledge the need for a diversity of perspectives beyond a simplistic male-female gender binary and for a representation of voices across the gender spectrum. We hope Extra Tough opens the door to future conversations.