WOMEN ARTISTS LOOK AT MEN AND MASCULINITY
ART EXHIBITION RE-ENVISIONS GENDER, SOCIETY AND
THE POLITICS OF EXPOSURE
Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze
Opening at SOMArts Main Gallery
Friday, November 4th: 6-9:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA
as Object: Reversing the Gaze is an exhibition that re-envisions
gender, society and the politics of exposure. With a gallery filled with
men stripped naked, this body of work exposes women's cheeky,
provocative and sometimes shocking commentaries on the opposite sex. The
exhibition's contemporary scope encompasses all the ways that women
view Man-as-Object, reversing the traditional view of male artists
objectifying women. Its diverse perspectives on masculinity come from
straight, transsexual, transgender, lesbian and multi-cultural artists
through a spectrum of media, from paintings to sculpture, installations
to performance, video to social media. The show's extensive collection
of male adoration, male impersonation and male appendages may make the
viewer squirm a little. But that is precisely the point. The more than
100 women artists in the exhibition unapologetically reveal how they
really see men. Through this public display at SOMArts Cultural Center,
the show's organizers aim to equalize the gaze between the sexes.
Juana Alicia, Nancy Buchanan, The Guerrilla Girls on Tour!, Lynn
Hershman Leeson, Jill O'Brian, ORLAN, Carolee Schneeman, Silvia Sleigh,
Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, May Wilson and Melissa P. Wolf.
AND Selected Artists for the Gallery and Catalog!
Leslie Aguillard, Mel Ahlborn, Roberta Ahrens, Olga Alexander, Sharon Allicotti, Zina Al-Shukri, Carolyn Applegate,
Juliane Backmann, Hazel Bartram-Birchenough, Joanne Beaule Ruggles,
Jasmine Begeske, Erica Bendickson, Susan Bennett, A Binghamfreeman,
Erika Brooks, Tracy Brown, Reena Burton, Della Calfee, Brie Castell,
Claudia Chapline, Yuling Chuang, Christine Cianci, Janie Cohen, Katie
Commodore, Nicole Craine, Tristan Crane, Tristan Crane, Arabella Decker,
Deena des Rioux, Rosemary Giusti Dillon, Liz Dodson,
Eileen Downes, Betsyann Duval, Merrilyn Duzy, Fran Eber, Roya Farassat,
Sheila Finnigan, Lin Fischer, Eileen Fitz-Faulkner, Julie Fournier,
Sandy Frank, Lynn Friedman, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Margaret 'Margo'
Garces, Michal Gavish, Judy Gelles, Ingeborg Gerdes, Christine Giancola,
Lisolette Gilcrest, Sarah Beth Goncarova, Pallavi Govindnathan, Chanel Matsunami Govreau, Corinne Greenberg, Gail Gurman, Karen Gutfreund, Tania Hammidi, Valerie Hallier, Sharon Hart, Laura Hartford,
Trudi Chamoff Hauptman, Lidia Hasenauer, Marlene Hawthrone Thomas,
Deena Haynes, Karen Henninger, Katty Ryan Hoover, Hedda Hope, Aisjah
Hopkins, Sara Hopkins, Cynthia Horn, Tedda Hughes, Birgit
Huttemann-Holz, Annette Isham, Patricia Izzo, Lahib Jaddo, Ellen
Jantzen, Annelise Jarvis-Hansen, Elaine Jason, Tammy Kinsey & Jean
Kusina, Judy Johnson-Williams, Tamarra Kaida, Ashley Kauschinger,
Christy Kelly-Bentgen, Elizabeth Kendall, Ellen Kieffer, Karen Lance
Klaber, Corlia Kock, Susan Kraft, Diana Krevsky, Beth Lakamp, Sarah
Lapp, Lark, Allison Leach, Evie Leder, Lee Lee, Sharon Leong, Lynn
Elliott Letterman, Amelia Lewis, Lory Lockwood, Kelsey Livingston, Michelle Lopez, Jacalyn Lopez Garcia, So Yoon Lym, Cat Lynch, Sita Mae, Kelsi Mannhalter, China Marks, Louise Maloof, Kristina Martino, Karen Mathews, Jeanette May, Kristine Mays, Shilo McCabe, Alysanne McGaffey,
Harrigan McMahon Bowman, Erika Meriaux, Carol Morris, Amy-Elyse Neer,
Jill Nonnemacher, Barbara Neri, Janice Nesser, Nancy Netherland, Molly
Marie Nuzzo, Brenda Oelbaum, Beth Olds, Colleen O'Donnell,
Priscilla Otani, Jacki Orr, Arla Patch, Nancy Peach, Rachael Perisho,
Heather Pilapil, Karen Purdy, Xian Mei QIu, Patricia Quilichini, Nora
Raggio, Cherie M Redlinger, Lynda A. N. Reyes, Trix Rosen, Judith Roth,
Laura Rusnak, Carla Sanders, Loredana Sangiuliano, Clara Saprasa,
Elinore Schnurr, Centa Schumacher, Judith Segall, Shizue Seigel, Sal
Sidner, Sarah Sipling, Bonnie J. Smith, Priscilla Smith, Madelyn Smoak,
Jenny Snyder, Julie Snyder, Elizabeth Sowell-Zak, Susan Spaniol, Colette
Julie Sutherland, Erika Swinson, Yuriko Takata, Lani Tanaka, Patricia
Terrell-O'Neal, Deborah Mills Thackrey, RoByn Thompson, Lynne Todaro,
Linnea Tober, J Toffic, Mette Tommerup, Cristina Velazquez, Christina
Renfer Vogel, Susan von Gries, Alexandra Walker, Theresa Walloga, Ruth
Waters, Jennifer Weigel, Susan Weisberg, Rachel Weissberger, Carolyn
Weltman, Ellen West, Corinne Whitaker, Tamara White, Melissa Wilkinson,
Sheila Winner, Kathryn Wood, Carol Witten, Jan Wurm, Jenny Wrenn,
Nanette Wylde, Marian Yap, Kathleen Yorba, Emily Yost, Karen Zack, Lucia Znamirowski
Tanya Augsburg, Juror
Karen Gutfreund, Director
Priscilla Otani, Curatorial Committee
Brenda Oelbaum, Curatorial Committee
Jessica Gee, Publicity.
Friday, Nov 4 2011
6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Opening Reception, Artwork Dedication, & Performance
6:30 P.M. Artwork Dedication of Sylvia Sleigh's work,
Lawrence and Susan Delgado, to Mills College.
Performance artist Chanel Matsunami Govreau will performher new work
Hapa Bruthas. This performance will explore Hapamale and Asian male
sexuality, brotherhood, and the effects of interracial dating in Asian
American communities from a mixed-Asian woman's perspective.
Sunday, Nov 13, 2011, 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Peepshow Drawing Circle & Performance
Reprise of Chanel Matsunami Govreau's performance, Hapa Bruthas.
Drawing Circle: this event features live nude male model placed in the
gallery's "hole," which will be converted into a man-cave. The male
model will be drawn by the public and all drawings will be exhibited
onsite for the event, then taken home by the artists.
Wednesday, Nov 30 2011, 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Closing Reception, Screening & Discussion Panel
6:15 & 6:30 P.M. Screening of Fuses, historic feminist film by Carolee Schneemann in SOMArts theater
7:00 P.M. Looking at Men: Then & Now, panel discussion with Annie Sprinkle, Carolee Schneemann and Tanya Augsburg.