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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 6-8 pm

Beyond Gender: The Future of Being Human​
An Arts + Science Collaborative Exhibition

An immersive non-binary story, told collectively by six artists and six scientists. Beyond Gender: The Future of Being Human challenges us to envision a world of equity, inclusivity, and emotional connections, where a range of human identities and expression are revered. 

What would a future look like where we were simply allowed to show up as we are?

Through blended empirical knowledge and contemporary artworks, the exhibition aims to: 1-Challenge the binary and, reflect the threads of intertwined, systemic inequalities; 2- Convey how strict gender roles impact us; and, how release from those norms could change us; 3 - Envision a non-binary world, and the ripples it may spark; and, 4 - Set an example for systemic change that nurtures activism.

Twelve international artists and scientists exchanged talents and expertise in three facilitated sessions to co-curate this extraordinary and compelling  exhibition.

“By embracing identities in all their forms, we can challenge and dismantle a power structure that stifles every person’s right to self-determination.”

Beyond Gender: The Future of Being Human


Opening night - Thursday, June 22nd

Exhibition runs June 22, 23, 24th, 2023​

Hosted by Ceres Gallery

547 W. 27th Street, Gallery 201 NYC

Gallery Hours - Thursday 12:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 12:00 - 6:00 pm

The Collective click each name to view bios

(she/ella) Esmilda Abreu, M. Psych, DM received Governor Whitman’s Pride Award for working with diverse populations, developed the first hospital credentialing program for complementary medicine in the country, served as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee on the Presidential Commission of Affirmative Action and Diversity at Montclair State University, and established the Bias Education and Response Taskforce at Pratt Institute. Dr. Abreu is the Founding President of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, served as a Board Member of the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic, and a Steering Committee Member of the Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey. She established the Women’s Leadership Committee for the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce and served as Co-President of the New Jersey Consortium of Women and Gender Studies. She was the inaugural Director of Equity and Diversity at Montclair State University, the first Latina Executive Director of the Women’s Rights Information Center, and the inaugural Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Pratt Institute where she established their Center for Equity and Inclusion. She is currently the Associate Vice President for Student Life at Manhattan College, teaches at Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State, and serves as the Chair of the Bergen County Human Relations Committee. She was nominated as the 2023 Compassionate Leader for her work establishing the Mindfulness Collaboratory. Dr. Abreu has studied meditation and contemplation and has had a personal mindfulness practice for more than 40 years.

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For more information please contact the founding director of Relational Space, Leigh W. Jerome, Ph.D. at 808.783.4455 /

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