Mannerisms at Anchorlight in Raleigh

Lauren Adams


Mannerisms at Anchorlight Gallery, April 25 – June 15, 2024

presents twelve paintings spanning two distinct series that contemplate the connections between ornament and power. The Disordered Tradition series juxtaposes interior painted decorations from ancient Italian sites with the facades of prominent neoclassical American buildings. The title for this series is derived from an executive order issued by President Trump, Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture, which sought to mandate classical design principles for new federal buildings. The Martha series explores relics of ‘First Ladies’ such as Martha Washington and Martha Jefferson. Through these paintings, references to white womanhood are critically examined alongside the construction and perpetuation of historical memory. Mannerisms opens up the potential for shaping meaning through the reimagination of public symbols of authority and gentility.

Anchorlight Gallery:
1407 STE. 100 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27610