closes July 3rd:
Foley Gallery, 97 Allen St., NYC
"The American Girls doll series speak to the ideals, dreams and opportunities liberating young American girls helping to define them as young women. "
a classically stylized portraiture series identifying varied juvenile personalities across our country. Young girls are accompanied by a customized version of themselves, a modern ‘American Girl’ doll shown helping them along in their early growth. The relationship between the girls and their dolls embellish privileges of first-world childhood while addressing problems in euro-centric gender ideology. The feminist values inherent to Szwarc’s work draw from the source of what contributes to shaping a young woman’s virtues while celebrating the history of being a young lady growing up today, and the performativity American culture encourages.