"Eccentric Bodies" exhibition opening reception June 14th
Eccentric Bodies, a group exhibition that explores new visions of the
female nude, opens at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries on
June 14, 2007. The show will remain on view through August 3, 2007. Also
on view through August 3 is the companion show, Brenda Goodman: Self
Portraits 2003 - 2007, at the Douglass Library Galleries in Mabel Smith
Exhibition hours for "Eccentric Bodies" at Mason Gross Galleries are 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends. The Mason Gross
Galleries are located in
Rutgers' Civic Square Building.
Exhibition hours for "Brenda Goodman: Self Portraits 2003 - 2007" at
Douglass Library Galleries. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
weekdays only. Weekend visits are by appointment only; call 732/932-9407
Douglass Library is located on the Douglass Campus.
Eccentric Bodies includes the work of seven women artists who are creating a new "gaze"
directed towards the female nude. These artists explore the intersection of life's imprint on
the site of women's bodies. Their work contradicts the conventional "male gaze" of Western
art since the Renaissance in which the nude is represented as sexually passive and available;
the contemporary gaze of artists like John Currin and Lisa Yuskavage, who subvert this
traditional "male gaze" through exaggeration and distortion; and the gaze of the feminist
artists of the 1970s who were concerned primarily with gender. The Eccentric Bodies artists
are concerned with such issues as the aging body and the body as the bearer of cultural and
ethnic identity. A distinguishing characteristic of the group show is that all works are on a
The show's seven featured artists themselves represent a range of geography, age, and medium.
They are Harriet Casdin-Silver, photographer, Boston, Massachusetts; Bailey Doogan, painter,
Tucson, Arizona; Brenda Goodman, painter, New York; Orlan, performance and video artist,
Paris, France; Ernestine Ruben, photographer, Princeton, New Jersey; Berni Searle,
performance and video artist, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Linda Stein, sculptor, New
The Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries are located at 33 Livingston Avenue, New
Brunswick, NJ 08901. The exhibition is curated by Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin, and
sponsored by the Institute for Women and Art, the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, and the
Brodsky Center, all at Rutgers University.
For more information on the featured artists, please see:
|Berni Searle, "Still," 2001, an installation of 8 digital photographs, each 46 x 46 inches.