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Non + Binary
Opening Thursday, August 8 at Dacia Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through August 10.

Gender fluidity seems to be trendier than ever lately, which of course means that big companies and brands are rushing to make money off of the latest marginalized identity seen as “cool.” However, these people, whether they be non binary or genderfluid or have another term that feels better to them, are actual people with hearts and minds who are more than just a buzzword. Photographer David Scoven’s latest solo show at Dacia Gallery seeks to showcase that, featuring portraits of four models who identify outside of the binary in some way. Through various outfits, poses, and expressions, they show that one person’s gender doesn’t have to always look like one thing.

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If This is Paradise
Opening Thursday, August 8 at Shelter, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through September 15.

If you head to the art space Shelter (formerly NAP Projects) on Thursday and beyond, it’s likely you’ll see some llama. Not the live animal, but as part of works by weaving artist Cynthia Alberto, who can occasionally be found standing at a loom while wearing a fuzzy white llama mask. Alberto’s work will be displayed alongside Matthew Bede Murphy’s playful paintings and sculptures, which conjure both the nostalgia of childhood toys and the imaginings of a better, more colorful world.

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Opening Friday, August 9 at Assembly Room, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through September 8.

If you had to describe the political climate over the past few days, years, or even decades, anger is probably going to come into play somewhere. No matter where your loyalties may lie, it’s undeniable there’s been a lot to be mad about in the world. Woman-centric gallery Assembly Room and curator Angela Conant’s group exhibition MAD seeks to showcase some of the more righteous anger that’s come up around the world between approximately 1970 and today. In this show, anger manifests in a variety of mediums, including some more unusual ones, like Kiki Smith’s 1983 self-portrait made of blood during the AIDS epidemic and Ana Mendieta’s 1972 piece involving covering a female friend in chicken feathers as a nod to sacrifice.