Harris Lieberman is pleased to present Behind the Green Door,
a group exhibition that examines the way artists relate to
an element of contemporary culture specifically sex and fetish.
The show borrows its title from the iconic adult film from 1970s,
and will explore how artists play (inside and outside the studio)
using material and content to focus on ideas of perversion,
taboo, entertainment and excitement in their work.
The 1972 release of Behind the Green Door was a catalyst in
bringing the exploration of sex and fetish into the cultural
mainstream and was indicative of broader movements of personal
liberation in the 1970s. The film title itself was a reference
to several short stories from the first half of the 20th century
as well as a 1950s pop song, in which the “green door” became
a metaphor for a place to seek out adventure that had been
As an extension of the exhibition, the rear gallery will be
transformed into a video library where selection of mainstream
movies selected by participating artists will be screened for
the duration of the show, highlighting popular culture’s
influence on contemporary art today.