“This month, a group of queer feminist artists is tackling a subject that’s as relevant to the pioneers of second-wave feminism as it is to the riot grrrls and intersectional feminists of today. "After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality” will gather together works by contemporary artists who challenge the “body oppression” of yesterday and today. From Tee Corrine’s “Cunt Coloring Book,” published in 1975, to Chitra Ganesh’s 2013 prints of dramatic, Bollywood-esque scenes, the survey aims to connect decades of narratives about sexuality, power and body politics.
The collection of mixed media projects is pointedly multicultural, as Zanele Muholi portrays black queer communities in South Africa and LA-based Heather Cassils reflects on his experience as a transgender man. Sophia Wallace reintroduces audiences to her CLITERACY project, throwing phallocentric readings of art and science to the wind. Chris E. Vargas, Allyson Mitchell, Catherine Opie, Cathy Cade and Laura Aguilar join the ranks as well, amounting to a group show that references the concerns of early feminists bottled up in the language spoken by contemporary, politically-charged figures today.
“If we can’t use the historic language of art because so much of it is misogynous, what language are we supposed to use as women artists?” Chicago continues in the same Gadfly article. “If we can’t use the female body, for example, because there is such a thin line between representation and colonization, then what are we supposed to do? To build a new language, that’s a big job.”
The show, curated by Alexis Heller, is on view at New York's Leslie-Lohman Museum until August 3. If you’re not lucky enough to be in the area, check out a preview of the exhibition below.“
I hold Dan Savage in the highest regard, and have for many years. I grew up in Seattle. As a young lesbian, his radio show and column in The Stranger were foundational threads in the tapestry that became my sense of queer self-hood.
Recently, I had the honor of being a guest on his podcast (espide 371, magnum edition). And just today I woke up to this nod from Dan for#CLITERACY in his column. This story he shares is 100% true. Enclosed is the xerox I made of the original column. I must have been about 17 years old at the time. This is one of my most precious pieces of ephemera.