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Performance Anxiety Opens March 3 at Allegheny Art Galleries

Posted on March 1, 2021 | Filed under Events

Performance Anxiety, on view at the Allegheny Art Galleries March 3 – April 10, 2021. An exhibition featuring Eric D. Charlton, Taha Heydari, and Wednesday Kim. Please join us for a virtual panel discussion with the artists on Tuesday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. Performance anxiety describes fear of acting in front of a group. But in a culture that encourages constant performance of the self, the phrase becomes more complicated. We do not fear performance, we perform because of anxiety. On social media, for example, public performance of work and play merge to form curated personal lifestyle brands. This endless exhibition of the self generates communication without community: we are always broadcasting to one another, but the messages are too narcissistic to form meaningful bonds. This absence of community sparks feelings of isolation and, in turn, the desire for more attention. Works on view by Eric D. Charlton, Taha Heydari, and Wednesday Kim critically examine the ways in which the digital world wields power and influence over its participants.

For more information about the exhibition and participating artists, please visit, where you will also find the link to register for the zoom artist panel. Please direct any questions to

We have new, expanded drop-in hours this semester! Beginning March 3, we are open to Allegheny employees and in-residence students:
Wednesdays, 12:00-5:00
Thursdays, 12:00-8:00
Fridays, 1:00-6:00
Saturdays, 1:00-5:00

Weekly guided tours led by student gallery assistants begin March 11, and a virtual, curator-led tour is coming soon! The Allegheny Art Galleries are located on the first floor of Doane Hall of Art, adjacent to the Campus Center.