Contact: Andy Johnson, Director

Establishing Gendered Foundations: Pervading the Architectural Archive 
APRIL 2 - APRIL 13, 2018

Image Credit: Brittni Collins

WASHINGTON, DC - Gallery 102 presents Brittni Collins's MFA Thesis Show: Establishing Gendered Foundations: Pervading the Architectural Archive. In this exploration of the architectural archive, the artist focuses on Western high architecture, and city development from modernity onward. It is the artist’s ambition to present how embedded oppression is into the infrastructure and buildings of our society. As a result of capitalism, Modernist city planning lends power to the hierarchization of social structures within the spaces wherein hegemony is predominately white, and male dominated. The ideologies that have cooperatively developed in relation to the structuring of these hierarchical spaces has contributed to the controlled modification of women’s behavior within metropolitan areas. Ruminating on the implications of patriarchal forces within the society that has constructed our ideologies, one can consider the role urban planning has in gendered oppression. As such, the exhibition’s objective is to bring awareness to our specific positioning in this hierarchical structure, and how the awareness of our disciplined placement in space may help to transform the relations of genders and culture in American society.



- Tuesday, April 3, 6:00-8:00 pm: Opening reception of Establishing Gendered Foundations: Pervading the Architectural Archive. The reception is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.



Brittni Collins is an interdisciplinary artist currently located in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adrian College with a focus in photography and will obtain her Master of Fine Arts degree from The George Washington University in May of 2018. Her work has developed into a conceptual study which delves into the real-life application of theoretical ideas. She creates works that carefully explore the power relations within societal constructs. Her work often focuses on exposing how oppression manifests itself in the everyday. Patriarchal notions of ideology and discourse constructed within the Western world ultimately informs her artwork and research. Brittni has done internships at the National Museum of African Art's Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History in Jackson, MI. She has co-curated a show on the history of the Croswell Opera House at the Adrian Historical Museum. She received a solo exhibition at the Heritage Gallery in Adrian, MI, and will be returning there in the Fall of 2018 to present an alumni exhibition.


Gallery 102
Gallery 102 and the Student Exhibitions Committee (SEC) is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The SEC consists of GW & Corcoran students -- undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians -- who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions throughout GW's campus and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions. 

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