"When we talk about the female gaze, the conversation generally hinges on how inherently emotional and complex women's attraction is. There's a movement for feminist porn, and while Magic Mike XXL may have proved that women love ogling a good hunk, so much of the appeal of that movie is that the men were funny and sweet, not just that they had ungodly abs. Is women's attraction that much more complicated than a man's?"
- Jaya Saxena (Elle Magazine, Figuring Out the Female Gaze at the Museum of Sex)
NSFW: Female Gaze, co-curated by Marina Garcia-Vasquez and alum Lissa Rivera (Associate Curator at Musuem of Sex, showcases over 25 emerging female artists from various disciplines dedicated to powerful feminine narratives. Every day, women are faced with a world of images that reflect male perspectives on sexual desire. The artists in NSFW Female Gaze both reclaim and break out of women’s historical roles as muse and object. The exhibition showcases a fearless new visual language of desire that defies social norms and expectations.
The artists featured in the exhibition are working at the intersections of identity and life experience, genre and process. They are exploring sexuality on their own terms, bringing to light new angles of expression. From Instagram and GIF platforms to textile, painting and photography, these artists take a diverse and fearless approach to sex, shattering mythologies of female sexuality and restructuring stereotypes to explore a more complex relationship between gender, pleasure, fantasy and desire.