Art on Hulfish | Orlando

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Rowlands/Bogart (Female Dominant), from the series Hero Sandwich, 1982. Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

Orlando presents the work of 11 artists who experiment with the expansiveness and possibilities of human experience. Curated by Tilda Swinton, the exhibition is inspired by the themes of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 revolutionary novel Orlando: A biography—the story of a young aristocrat who lives for three centuries without aging and mysteriously shifts gender along the way—and Sally Potter’s equally groundbreaking 1992 film Orlando, which featured an androgynous Swinton in the starring role. Woolf’s tale has continued to hold sway over Swinton, who invited photographers with innovative and varied practices to create or gather work inspired by Orlando. The resulting exhibition of over 50 photographs includes baroque inventions by Mickalene Thomas, layered images by Carmen Winant, and fragmented figural studies by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, among others. Today, when suspicion abounds about those unlike ourselves, Orlando moves beyond a consideration of gender to celebrate openness, creativity, curiosity, and human possibility.

Exhibition organized by Aperture, New York. Guest Curated by Tilda Swinton.

Orlando is made possible, in part, with the support of Slobodan Randjelović and Jon Stryker. Aperture also thanks ROOT STUDIOS for supporting the production of Mickalene Thomas’s work.