Girls will be Girls by Renée Monrose
Media and popular culture play crucial roles in shaping societal perceptions of gender, race, sexuality and violence, particularly violence against women. Today young girls and women — as well a boys and young men - are barraged by images of sex and the sexualized body.
In Girls will be Girls, Renée Monrose appropriates such images, specifically hyper-sexualized pictures of women making gestures of violence, often with weapons. Taken from video games, movie posters, television ads, the original images have been composited with patterns from fabrics by Laura Ashley, the quintessential arbiter of feminine grace and sweetness and the flip side of the erotic media portrayals. Madonna or Whore is a lingering and culturally embedded view of women’s sexuality as portrayed in much of the media and has a critical impact on young women’s sexual development and self-esteem, as well as male attitudes about how women should behave.
Overlaying the two kinds of images, creates a tension that exposes, mocks and subverts this entrenched patriarchal view of women, an attitude known to lead directly to violence against women.
February 26, 2018
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Renée Monrose is a New York City artist and photographer whose interests include portraiture, gender, mythology and Biblical interpretation. Her most recent work focuses on women, feminism and gender. She has exhibited in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Chicago and New Orleans. Ongoing projects include Tomboys: Portraits Then And Now; Girls Will Be Girls, an exploration of women and violence in popular culture; and Tiny Hands, a series of composite images based on Donald Trump’s hand gestures.
Since 2012, Renée has volunteered as rape crisis advocate at Bellevue Hospital. She is the blog editor for Project Envision, a NYC–funded organization whose mission is to change social attitudes that lead to sexual violence.
In the past Renée worked as an archivist for documentary films such as John Paul II: The Millennial Pope (Frontline) and Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero (Frontline) and as a Director of Development for special projects at Merchant-Ivory Films. She was also a senior reporter and editor for the Bucks County CourierTimes and a freelance writer.
In 2006, her interest in theology led her to enroll at Union Theological Seminary where she earned an M.Div in Psychology and Religion and Biblical Studies.
In 2016, Renée attended the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference at Columbia University led by three-time Nobel Peace Prize Winner Evelin Lindner. In 2017, Lindner invited Renée to join the HDHS Global Education Team.
Union Theological Seminary, M.DIV
Parson’s School of Design, Paris
École national supérieur des Beaux Arts, Paris
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, M.S.J.
Tulane University, B.A.
Face to Face: Women in the Forefront of History
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
April 2016-December 2017
Renée Monrose: Paintings and Drawings
Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, 1991
Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, 1993
The Point Gallery Art + Construction
Bronx, New York, 2015 New York, New York, 1987
Bronx Art Space The Academy Gallery
Bronx, New York, 2015 New Orleans, 1986
Illuminate the Arts Prince Street Gallery
San Francisco, 2014 New York, New York, 1985
The Hat Factory Bowery Gallery
New York, New York, 2014 New York, New York, 1994
The Hat Factory La Galerie
New York, New York, 2013 Paris, France, 1982
Bond Street Gallery The Drawing Show
New York, New York, 2013 The Gallery
Randolph, New Jersey, 1991
Small Works Show
New York, New York, 1987