ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When was the last time you felt like being a girl was actually fun? We’ve heard a lot of #MeToo lately — thankfully, because of course, me too — and while we’ve been contemplating the basic and largely unrelenting indignity of trying to be simultaneously respected and also female in a world built by and geared toward male pleasure, it has really started to feel like being a girl is the worst.
But Pre-Fab/Post-Fab: Art in a Readymade Era, a pop-up exhibition at University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities Gallery from three of Detroit’s brightest young women artists, reminded me that being a girl is wonderful. It’s fun. Especially when you’re a really weird girl, as are all three of the contributing artists: Heidi Barlow, Shaina Kasztelan, and Bailey Scieszka.