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 Past Exhibition

Ciphers of Identity
July 3–September 15, 1996
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This group exhibition of contemporary artists explored the often difficult issues of identity: how identity is not merely a personal choice, but is also constructed by social, cultural, political, and economic forces; and how we may either reject or ascribe to cultural definitions of the self. Sexual preference, gender, and race were explored by the artists in an attempt to examine the ways in which identity is a malleable, rather than a fixed entity. The artists in the exhibition included Adrian Piper, Barbara Kruger, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mary Kelly, Deborah Kass, and Emilio Cruz, among others.