The Letdown Reflex


The Letdown Reflex

Curatorial Statement

The Let Down Reflex is an exhibition that attempts to recognize the complexities of parenting in the art world, and asks if a better alternative for families can exist. Calling out a slippage in today’s feminist art world, the curators summon a group of artist-parents to contribute to a springboard for re-imagining an art world where “Mom” is not a demeaning characterization, where childcare is factored in for participating artists at art spaces, and where artists aren’t forced to choose between home and work because of a lack of parental leave. The “let down reflex,” a term referencing the involuntary reflex that causes nursing mothers to produce breast milk, takes on a double meaning in this exhibition, referring here to the reflexive tendency of letting down parents, and particularly mothers, within the flawed labor system of the art world.


Home Affairs
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn
Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley)
Lise Haller Baggesen
Shane Aslan Selzer


January 30 - March 12, 2016



“The Letdown Reflex,” Artist Parent Index , accessed June 18, 2024,

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