In light of the recent goings-on at the Smithsonian, it seems like the right time to talk about sex, art, and religion, although I can't really imagine a wrong time. As it happens we are showing work by Tad Beck, focused mainly on the male nude. One body of work focuses on Thomas Eakins' studio photographs, visited by Beck's contemporary models. The legacy of Eakins' affinity for the male nude is brought up for discussion in Beck's work, but LACMA took the discussion public when it grouped the Palimpsest works with the sporting paintings of Eakins and Cathie Opie's photography. Los Angeles did what the Smithsonian apparently was too scared to do: feed conversation and intellectual debate.
Lest we polarize the debate, we will be bringing out some of the newest work by our own voice of tempered religion, the Reverend Ethan Acres. Long known for not suffering fools, the Rev. loves to point out the flawed aspects of religious dogma. Faith is not at question in his work, but sinfully misinterpreted words are not to be tolerated, especially when used for secular reasons.
Join us to look at Beck's work, including the installation of "Roll" (pictured above) under the watchful gaze of "Eye Am" (below). Complimentary coffee all day and scones as long as they last. Beck will be here in the morning, and we'll be open until six.