In the Eye of the Beholder: Gender through the Camera Lens

February 4–September 10, 2023 

Cindy Sherman (US American, b. 1954), Untitled (Cosmo cover girl), 1990, chromogenic print, 17” x 11”. Gift of Judy Goldman, 2021.122

In the Eye of the Beholder delves into the Fitchburg Art Museum’s permanent collection to explore how photographers have used the “gendered gaze” across the early 20th and 21st centuries. This exhibition highlights some of the museum’s iconic favorites and recent acquisitions—including work from Gertrude Kasebier, Cindy Sherman, and Yasumasa Morimura—to examine how power is embedded in the male and female gazes. In the Eye of the Beholder further explores artists who experiment with or outright reject the gender binary, questioning and complicating methods of perceiving gender and its performance.


Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm
1st Thursday of the month 12pm – 7pm



Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207


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