Join us for a special lecture by artist Peregrine Honig, creator of 21c Durham’s restroom signage, titled We Don’t Care. Each sign is a work of art, numbered and signed by the artist. The title refers to the position of ‘all are welcome’ or we don’t care where you go to the bathroom. The installation gives the community another way to engage in conversation around this important issue. Thought-provoking contemporary art fosters dialogue and discovery.
“I was reading trans and non-binary responses [to the bills] on social media and had the thought that there is something precious and intelligent about not caring. That eventually we will experience a generation of people who don’t care about where people go to the bathroom. I would like the sign to become standard until we simply remove gender from bathrooms completely. Large changes take small steps.”
Peregrine Honig is an American artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between pop culture, sexual vulnerability, social anxieties, the ethics of luxury and trends in consumerism. Born in San Francisco and raised in The Castro and in Project Artaud, Honig moved to Kansas City, Missouri, at 17 to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. Honig’s work is included in private and public collections, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, and Ball State University Museum of Art. In 1997, Honig started Fahrenheit Gallery, an artist-run space in Kansas City’s industrial West Bottoms, where she showed artists with national and international reputations and inspired other young Kansas City artists to do the same.