Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women

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girls, 1993 24 Color Polaroids Mounted On Board 17 X 20 3/4 Inches (43.2 X 52.7 Cm) © David and Monica Zwirner, New York
Eye Body (From 36 Transformative Actions for Camera)," 1963/1985, BCarolee Schneemann, "Eye Body (From 36 Transformative Actions for Camera), 1963/1985 Black And White Photograph 20 X 16 Inches © Courtesy of Maccarone
Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women

98 Morton Street
New York, NY
September 9th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016
Opening: September 9th, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

greenwich/west village
212 431 4977
Tue-Sat 10-6
video-art, photography


Video/Film Loop by Maria Beatty, Cicciolina, Azian Nurudin, Holly Hughes, Blush Productions, Kate Dymond, Lynda Benglis and Ona Zee

Video/Film by Abigail Child, Julia Kunin, Barbara Hammer, Peggy Ahwesh, and others

Maccarone Gallery, with Pati Hertling and Julie Tolentino, restage the landmark feminist exhibition COMING TO POWER: 25 Years Of Sexually X-Plicit Art By Women, curated by Ellen Cantor in 1993 at David Zwirner Gallery.

Instigated by Cantor’s vision, COMING TO POWER reflected the bold voices and urgency of iconic female artists’ work from the 60-70’s, pop and porn of the 80’s, and collided with early 90’s sex positive, queer, BDSM, and sex radicals of performance and video art culture.

In the 1993 press release, Cantor states: “In contrast to the previous generation’s more politicized work, the intended impact of the younger artists’ work is to elicit sexual excitement as well as express autonomous pleasure, passion and pain. Together both generations engage in a dialogue previously dominated by men and disallowed to women by the taboos in society.”

Returning to and experiencing this work is a confrontation. It forces us all to face the impact of both the potency of this righteous canon as well as experience its absences, losses, hits, and misses. We look towards this exhibition – its shadow, as well as its future – as a language constructed from both past and future bodies ― bodies of work re-rendered, and bodies simultaneously recognized. We hope to underscore that a “survey of women” is a rigorous transit into the archives’ crevices, spatial discourse, sordid gossip, and recollections.

In this iteration of COMING TO POWER, Hertling and Tolentino draw these important works back together to harness the momentum of intersectional feminism, sexual politics, and queer practice through a performance program that highlights diverse, queer, trans, and genderqueer artists to embolden the discourse of the provocative, sexual self: FlucT, luciana achugar, Kia Labeija, Lion with B L K W Y N T E R, Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom,  Zackary Drucker & Orlando Tirado, Jim Fletcher, Narcissister, Niv Acosta, and Jen Rosenblit.

As part of the unprecedented Fall 2016 collaboration between Foxy Production, Maccarone, NYU’s 80WSE Gallery, and PARTICIPANT INC, Skowhegan, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), and the Museum of Modern Art, with the Estate of Ellen Cantor, seeks to open dialogue surrounding Cantor’s multifaceted and groundbreaking work.

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