ARTICLES BY Yvonne Olivas

Desire in Syracuse: the ‘Come On’ Controversy

Yvonne Olivas


This piece shouldn’t require a subtitle with the word “controversy” in it; it should simply be about three talented artists’ work. But alas, the exhibition in Syracuse titled "Come On: Desire Under the Female Gaze" recently drew headlines when its curator Astria Suparak was fired following the show’s opening (and huge success). Yvonne Olivas talks to artists Juliet Jacobson, Rachel Rampleman, Jo-Anne Balcaen, and curator Astria Suparak about the art involved and what exactly happened in the wake of their recent exhibition.