Lissa Rivera

Lissa Rivera exhibition Beautiful Boy at Clark Gallery

Clark Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming provincetown pop gallery featuring a solo exhibition by alumni Lissa Rivera. Beautiful Boy follows her collaboration with her friend, muse, and romantic partner in an effort to create a private domain in which fantasy and real life collide. Based on a conversation in which her friend divulged his collegiate habit of donning women’s clothing, the pair constructs a series of glamorous and alluring portraits in which gender and our understanding of it becomes ambiguous and nuanced. Beautiful Boy is a testament both to the man before her lens and her abiding love for him.

The reception will take place on July 6th from 6-10pm. The exhibition will be on view June 27th through July 25th, 2018 at Clark Gallery (Provincetown Pop-Up) located at 444 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.

For more information, please click here.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

In related new, Rivera's work has also been acquired recently by Museum of Fine Arts Houston  and Newport Art Museum. On Saturday June 30th, her latest curatorial effort Our Souls to Keep will debut at Field Projects, NYC. The works were selected from an open call of over 1,100 entries. Representing both a keen awareness of repression and a sense of personal awakening, the artists in 'Our Souls To Keep' employ vernacular languages and outmoded processes to express the historical absurdities of American mythology, investigating the undercurrents of social control from the perspective of their own lived experiences.

image courtesy of Field Projects. 

image courtesy of Field Projects. 

Lissa Rivera co-curates NSFW: Female Gaze at Museum of Sex

Image courtesy of Joanne Leah. 

Image courtesy of Joanne Leah. 

"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.

Image courtesy of Museum of Sex. 

Image courtesy of Museum of Sex. 

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.

Image courtesy of Museum of Sex. 

Image courtesy of Museum of Sex. 

The exhibition runs through September 24th, 2017. For more details on hours and the featured artists, please click here. 

An Artist and Her 'Beautiful Boy' by Alum, Lissa Rivera

In their intimate portraits, the photographer Lissa Rivera and her partner, BJ Lillis, are building their own fantasy world. The body of work has recently been featured in The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Creators (VICE), Forbes, Artnet, and Photo District News.

There will be an opening of 'Beautiful Boy' on June 1 from 6-8pm at ClampArt. Exhibition and upcoming event details below.

EXHIBITION Lissa Rivera: Beautiful Boy June 1- July 15, 2017 Reception: June 1, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ClampArt, 247 West 29th Street, NYC

ARTIST TALK Lissa Rivera with BJ Lillis Saturday, June 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ClampArt, 247 West 29th Street, NYC

LECTURE Beautiful Boy: Artist Lissa Rivera and Muse BJ Lillis in Dialogue June 22, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, 6th Floor

Lissa Rivera, left, and BJ Lillis in two early test images. Credit Courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, New York

Lissa Rivera, left, and BJ Lillis in two early test images. Credit Courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, New York

On a long subway ride three years ago, BJ Lillis decided to share something with his friend and co-worker, Lissa Rivera. Mr. Lillis, who describes himself as genderqueer, told her that he had spent most of his college years dressing, full-time, in women’s clothing.

But in the professional world, he’d lost his confidence. To help him regain it, she offered to take his photograph.

Mr. Lillis had never really seen himself, dressed as he wished, in a carefully made portrait.

“So much of identity is constructed from looking at pictures,” Ms. Rivera said in a recent interview. “Looking at photographs and looking at a film can really change who you are.”

The two have made dozens of images since, in a project called “Beautiful Boy.” An exhibition of the same name opens June 1 at the ClampArt gallery in Chelsea. 

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