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.

Presented at Art on Hulfish, 11 Hulfish Street. Click here for gallery hours and details.

Art on Hulfish is free and open seven days a week. Masks, vaccination, and contact information required. Under the University's current visitor policy, children under 12 are not permitted to enter the galleries.

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.

Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and by Princeton University. Generous support is also provided by John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Jim and Valerie McKinney; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; H. Vincent Poor, Graduate Class of 1977; and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional supporters include the Department of English, the Gender + Sexuality Resource Center, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAISIP) Working Group Seminars Series, a Collaborative Humanities project in the Humanities Council, Princeton University.