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Laurie Simmons: Two Boys and the Love Doll

Summer 2015

 

Two Boys and the Love Doll is the first Midwestern solo museum exhibition of American photographer Laurie Simmons, featuring two recent bodies of work that use dolls—male CPR dummies and female love dolls—as their subject. Simmons emerged in the mid-1970s as a member of the Pictures Generation, a group of photographers who appropriated mass media and commercial advertising to respond to America’s political and cultural shifts. Throughout her career, Simmons has photographed a variety of dolls—from ventriloquist dummies to figurines—and dollhouse paraphernalia as a visually accessible way to examine issues of gender, feminism, and domesticity.