“NSFW Female Gaze” Exhibition

The Museum of Sex

poster for “NSFW Female Gaze” Exhibition
[Image: Video screening of Anna Biller's film VIVA]

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Last night, the Museum of Sex hosted the opening of NSFW Female Gaze, an exhibition showcasing over 25 emerging female artists, from various disciplines, who are dedicated to powerful feminine narratives. NSFW Female Gaze was so-curated by VICE Media’s art and culture publication, Creators, and the Museum of Sex.

Every day, women are faced with a world of images that reflect male perspectives on sexual desire. The artists in NSFW Female Gaze both reclaim and break out of women’s historical roles as muse and object. The exhibition showcases a fearless new visual language of desire that defies social norms and expectations.

The artists featured in the exhibition are working at the intersections of identity and life experience, genre and process. They are exploring sexuality on their own terms, bringing to light new angles of expression. From Instagram and GIF platforms to textile, painting and photography, the artists bring a diverse and fearless approach to sex, shattering mythologies of female sexuality and restructuring stereotypes to explore a more complex relationship between gender, pleasure, fantasy and desire.

Artists include: Aneta Bartos, Anna Biller, Amanda Charchian, Nona Faustine, Monica Kim Garza, Rebecca Goyette, Joanna Grochowska, Koak, Natalie Krick, Natalie Krim, Joanne Leah, Kristen Liu-Wong, Pixy Liao, Maidenfed, Shona McAndrew, Sophia Narrett, Polly Nor, New Level of Pornography, Taira Rice, Erin Riley, Amy Ritter, Lissa Rivera, Scientwehst, Tschabalala Self, Marie Tomanova, Brandi Twilley, Paula Winkler, Jessica Yatrofsky

Some of the works include Shona McAndrew’s Nora sculpture and Marie Tomanova’s figure in nature photographs at the entrance, along with Anna Biller’s video VIVA, which will be included in a special double feature screening in 35mm at Anthology Film Archives on July 13th in conjunction with the NSFW show at MoSex.

Also on display were photos by Lissa Rivera of her partner BJ, who was also in attendance, a never-before-seen series of pornographic gifs by Maidenfed and IG slideshow of images by Scientwehst.

“Women use the internet as a tool for empowerment and have become more inquisitive and open about sexuality. The drive to understand our bodies and desires is now seen as ubiquitous–instead of fringe or a sign of bad character.” – Lissa Rivera, Artist and Associate Curator, MoSex

“Outside of covering the arts on an everyday basis, Creators wanted to support a movement of female artists that we found were impacting our audience in new and invigorating ways, from their visual language to their political messages. Creators, as a platform, is dedicated to emerging genres and diverse voices and we couldn’t help but want to promote these artists on a greater scale with an exhibition at the Museum of Sex.” – Marina Garcia-Vasquez, Editor-in-Chief, Creators

Twitter: @museumofsex

Creators is VICE’s arts and culture platform, covering every aspect of the creative process. Their mission is to make art more accessible to a wider audience with diverse voices reporting on emergent arts and artists. From sculpture and light projections to street art and dance, they immerse themselves in cultural hotbeds and travel to the far corners of the globe to explore the spectacle and color of making art today. From global events to daily video and editorial content, Creators has collaborated with more than 600 artists globally including Karen O, Daft Punk, Spike Jonze, M83, Animal Collective, The xx, Chris Milk, Florence and the Machine, United Visual Artists, Mick Rock and David Bowie.

Curators: Marina Garcia-Vasquez (Editor-in-Chief, Creators), Lissa Rivera (Associate Curator, Museum of Sex)
Director of Exhibitions: Mark Snyder
Exhibition Design: Jason Volenec
Artistic Director: Serge Becker
Production & Design: Trey Tyler, Cletis Chatterton, Joey Agostinacchio
Logo Design: Vice
Lighting: Hervé Descottes for L’Observatoire


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