13 June, 2007
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, with a public opening reception in honor of the artists from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will remain on view through August 3, 2007.
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 heroic scale.