“A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum” is a year-long series of ten exhibitions, which are dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. It was launched in October 2016 and is going to last until spring 2017. The project considers feminism as a driving force for significant changes and transformations, both in art and social life. The feminist history is used as a starting point.

 

Unity In Many Bodies

Marilyn Minter is an artist who explores gender and sexuality through the food and naked bodies. Earlier in 2016, she collaborated with Miley Cyrus to make softly sexy portraiture and raise some money for women’s rights. During the whole career Minter has been tracking various cultural obsessions and reflecting them in her art. So, Pretty/Dirty is a retrospective series, which includes her 1969 photos and pictures focused on femininity and her multimedia sex studies made in 2000s. Her 100 Food Porn project made in the 90s contains pictures of raw food impregnated with sexual references. They get clearer on other Minter’s works, like Porn Grid. “I asked myself, can I reclaim an abusive history and own the agency of it? It should be done. I couldn’t understand why artists had no idea what the porn industry was like, even when it’s this giant engine of culture. Plus, it looks like everyone is having a good time in these images, right?” said the artist.  Her series Plush features women who don’t shave their pubic hair. She also likes to focus on things that people “people never look at”.

“A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum”

“A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum”

 

Diversity In One Body

Jeremy Deller is another artist, who’s exhibition is represented in the Brooklyn Museum now. In contrast with Minter, he decided to get concentrated on one body. He had an idea of Iggy Pop posing for him for about ten years before he actually said “yes”. “When I asked him a second time last year, he said yes, explaining he’d been too young to do it a decade ago. He’d been 60 at that time. But when you’re a life model, you’re very vulnerable. It takes a lot to put yourself in that position, even when you’re famous,” said Deller. He organized a nude painting class las winter in New York, where Iggy Pop finally posed naked. The drawings appeared to be very different. Some of them reveal erotic aspects, others highlighted a general idea of a naked male body through the painting.
“When we first revealed the images from the class, the comments were the kind you might typically hear about a woman’s body: ‘That’s really disgusting,’ or ‘This person’s getting old.’ It’s strange isn’t it? His body is a culturally important one, and I felt that us documenting it in a different way actually aids in a better understanding of rock music and society,”  told Deller.

“A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum”“A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum”

“A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum” “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum”“A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum”

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