The advertising glut that surrounds Father's Day would have you believe that masculinity fits into just a few tidy stereotypes. The usually stoic (but secretly tender!) man who sheds a single tear when reading a handmade card. The fun-loving bro-dad who wants nothing more for Father's Day than a new grill and plenty of red meat to throw on it. The... well, that's about it. In reality, of course, masculinity is far more malleable, complex, varied and fascinating. With the new exhibit Beyond XY: Four Photographers Explore the Masculine Continuum, the phd Gallery (2300 Cherokee Street) takes a close, celebratory look at gender identity and "maleness." The show, which coincides with PrideFest 2010, opens with a free public reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. Gallery owner Philip Hitchcock showcases the work of four phenomenal photographers: San Francisco's Loren Cameron, Calgary's Joshua McVeity, New York's Trix Rosen and Miami's David Vance. The photographs explore issues of youth, aesthetic idealism, transmale identity and more. While each artist's work is personal and unique, all of the photographs define — and redefine — what it means to be a male in the 21st century. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, and the exhibit remains on display through Saturday, August 7. For more information, call 314-664-6644 or visit
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 26. Continues through Aug. 7, 2010

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