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Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts

June 19 - December 31, 2020

Swamp surrounded by ferns and trees

This exhibition includes approximately 45 photographs from
her expansive oeuvre over the last forty years.

It features essential documentation of the avant-garde performance and queer liberation scenes in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, humane in situ portraits of

those with cognitive disabilities, cloistered nuns, race track workers, Appalachians, and farmers as well as luminous photos of horses, oxen, and goats.

A longtime New York City resident, McAdams now lives on a goat farm in Sandgate, Vermont, with her husband, the writer Brad Kessler.

After showing at BMAC from June 22 through September 23, “Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts” will tour Vermont through November 2020, visiting Castleton University’s Bank Gallery in Rutland, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury and Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

Public Programs

Culture Wars with Dona Ann McAdams and John Killacky

In the 1990s, artists such as David Wojnarowicz, Karen Finley, and Ron Athey served as lightning rods for outrage over the appropriateness of their receiving support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In this video, photographer Dona Ann McAdams and curator John Killacky discuss the culture wars of this era and McAdams’ exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center, “Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts.”

Live Webinar: October 29, 5:30-6:30pm

Vermont Farming: Education, Economics, and Entrepreneurship

A Panel Discussion with Dona Ann McAdams, Brad Kessler, Molly Pindell, Lelia Evans, and Maiya Keck

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 867 7578 4103
Passcode: 306498

Moderator: Rachel Moore

November 6, 1-4pm 


Meet and Greet in the Gallery with Dona Ann McAdams

An afternoon opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the artist and curator, and view the exhibition Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts.

Reserve a free, 20-minute timed entry pass to meet photographer Dona Ann McAdams and curator John Killacky


Dona Ann McAdams


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts 

Bissell Foundation 

Green Mountain Inn 

National Endowment for the Arts 

Stowe Reporter 

Town of Stowe 

Vermont Arts Council 

Xpress Print & Copy

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