What a fascinating looking show. “The exhibition ‘Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze’ will examine the visibility of men and masculinity from female/feminist/transgender perspectives. In the context of this exhibition, the male figure will assume the historically ‘female’ role with the male body and its gender expression shown as spectacle for a woman’s viewing and contemplation. This truly feminist stance positions the surveyor as critic of traditional gender roles, problematizing notions of ‘men,’ ‘male,’ ‘masculinity,’ ‘women’ and ‘female.’ This is an inclusive show for women and transgender artists to challenge what it means for ‘women’ to look at ‘men.'” Tanya Augsburg, feminist interdisciplinary scholar, juror
‘Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze’ is on at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA November 4 – 30, 2011. Judging by the preview, available here, some of this is sexy, some quirky and funny, and much of it thought provoking. Thanks AZ.