May 12 to September 15, 2006
Curated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez and Claro Ramirez
Exhibitions provide opportunities to take stock and render an accounting of collections. Babble, Bauble: Tweaking Femme occasioned LMM’s look into its trove of paintings, including those by Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, to find how women represented themselves and were re-presented. These were shown alongside images from ABS-CBN’s film and TV archives. By posing classical images against trenchant virgin-vamp-hag archetypes, Babble, Bauble discovered how alternative readings were negotiated and oppositional images were posed and, ultimately, how these slipped through the clutches of meaning-making gatekeepers operating within the domains of visual and popular art.