Jan 24 – Mar 11, 2023 | MMG
Milk Tongue is a group exhibition featuring five contemporary artists: Tirtzah Bassel, Madeline Donahue, Kyrin Hobson, Rose Nestler, and Suzanne Schireson. It challenges familiar archetypes of motherhood through artworks created by women who have practiced, are practicing, or may practice mothering—the messy, painful, embarrassing, and sometimes humorous experiences of bringing new life into the world. The artists in this exhibition use motherhood as a lens to examine historical and contemporary social issues (reproductive rights, capitalism, racism, freedom) and expand our understanding of the term "motherhood."
Poster design by Stephanie Mallen.
Image Credit: Suzanne Schireson, Maquette, 2021.
Milk Tongue: Further Reading
Compiled by Dr. Sallie Han, Anthropology Department
Cixous, Hélène. 1976. “The Laugh of the Medusa.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 1(4): 875-893. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/3173239.
Fields, Naomi F., Efosa Enoma, and LaShyra Nolen. 2022. “Why So Many Hysterectomies for Black Women? A Dark Past and Way Forward.” Giddy (blog), https://getmegiddy.com/black-women-hysterectomies.
Harrison, Faye V. 1997. “Anthropology as an Agent of Transformation: Introductory Comments and Queries.” In Decolonizing Anthropology: Moving Further toward an Anthropology for Liberation, edited by F.V. Harrison, 1-15. Arlington, VA: Association of Black Anthropologists and American Anthropological Association.
Herlosky, Kristen N. and Alyssa N. Crittenden. 2021. “Alloparenting: Evolutionary Origins and Contemporary Significance of Cooperative Childrearing as a Key Feature of Human Reproduction.” In The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction, edited by Sallie Han and Cecília Tomori, 604-617. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.oneonta.idm.oclc.org/lib/oneonta/reader.action?docID=6727821&ppg=629.
Mullings, Leith. 2021. “The Necropolitics of Reproduction: Racism, Resistance, and the Sojourner Syndrome in the Age of the Movement for Black Lives.” In The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction, edited by Sallie Han and Cecília Tomori, 106-122. London and New York: Routledge. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.oneonta.idm.oclc.org/lib/oneonta/reader.action?docID=6727821&ppg=131.
O’Reilly, Andrea. 2007. Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Toronto: Demeter Press. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.oneonta.idm.oclc.org/lib/oneonta/reader.action?docID=6210164&ppg=1.
Rich, Adrienne. 1976. Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. New York: W. W. Norton. Permalink to catalog record: https://suny-one.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SUNY_ONE/s38u7n/alma990001219550204804.
Roberts, Dorothy. 1997. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. New York: Pantheon Books. Permalink to catalog record: https://suny-one.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SUNY_ONE/s38u7n/alma990003353210204804.
Walks, Michelle. 2011. “Introduction: Identifying an Anthropology of Mothering.” In An Anthropology of Mothering, edited by Michelle Walks and Naomi MacPherson, 1-47. Toronto: Demeter Press. Permalink to catalog record: https://suny-one.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01SUNY_ONE/s38u7n/alma990005530370204804.