By bringing together well-known artists such as Sally Mann and Julie Mehretu courtesy of the Girl’s Club Collection with local artists such as Francie Bishop Good and Peggy Levison Nolan, Dual Roles focuses on a community where artists who extend themselves as parents champion fellow artists to produce in South Florida. As part of a new initiative to feature collections alongside current projects, Dual Roles challenges pre-existing assumptions that artists are singular producers by investigating the complexities of artists lives and practices.

I have seven kids. I was very busy and never thought about much. When my youngest was about three, my dad gave me an old Nikon [camera] and said, ‘Make pictures of the grandchildren.’ And I got hooked. I got so hooked I can’t even describe it to you. One roll of film got me.
— Peggy Nolan

How can we change the perception that having kids is career impediment? Also, how can we relate to the intriguing worlds of small people and how they see the world in their formative years? Dual Roles captures the South Florida artist community, where artists bring their kids to openings, run spaces, and start initiatives. Summer is also a hectic time for booking field trips at most major cultural institutions when school lets out. In preparing for a family-friendly exhibition, we turn to artist parents to discuss the layers of their lives as cultural producers. Andrew Simonet recently pointed out in a Creative Capital online course that, “We live in a culture that’s not very good at supporting artists and we also live in a culture that’s not very good at supporting parents.” This duality he describes shapes the livelihoods of artists, forcing them to fracture themselves and make sacrifices. Dual Roles focuses on artists who are communal in their process and bring family into the fold of their individual and collective practices. We would like to thank Francie Bishop Good, David Horvitz, and Sarah Michelle Rupert for generously lending many works from the Girls’ Club Collection and for their continued support of our organization.

Curated by Laura L Marsh

Participating Artists
Harumi Abe, Elisa Albo, Alissa N. Alfonso, Leah Brown, Clifton Childree, Jen Clay, Lou Anne Colodny, Marina Font, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Francie Bishop Good, Katy Grannan, Jeila Gueramian, Patricia Schnall-Gutierrez, Colby Katz, Brenda Ann Keanneally, Sally Mann, Julie Mehretu, Rhonda Mitrani Buchman, Aurora Molina, Michelle Murphy, Alice Neel, Peggy Levison Nolan, Kathy Osborn, Dago Orozco, Kerry Phillip, Leyden Rodriguez, Karen Rifas, Mindy Shrago, Carrie Sieh, Lorna Simpson, Peter Symons, Frances Trombly, Jo Ann Walters, Michelle Weinberg

Art and Culture Center/Hollywood
1650 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020