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EXHIBITION

Porno Chic to Sex Positivity: Erotic Content & the Mainstream, 1960 till Today

“In the end, sex is too important to leave to the pornographers.”

– Linda Williams

 

Porno Chic to Sex Positivity: Erotic Content & the Mainstream, 1960 till Today chronologically traces pornography’s permeation of mainstream culture over the last forty years through a presentation of media. The history of mass media is one of political and social discrimination against forms of illicit content. When the first motion pictures came out, they were attacked and deemed too titillating for the masses. Since the first films appeared in the nineteenth century, pornographic content has moved slowly but surely from the edges to the center. While sex has always been culturally relevant, the creative revolution of the 1960s inspired a more open environment in which erotic material, called “porno chic” was embraced. Today sexual material has seeped into all aspects of mainstream mass media, energizing a variety of cultural genres and sparking the sex positivity movement. This shift of erotic content from the margins to the mainstream has been part of an overall liberalization of popular culture since the 1960s.

 

Composed of four thematic sections: A Pornographic Avante-Garde, Sexualized Marketing, Scandalous Scenes of Cinema, and Music: an Erotic Form, the exhibition will present a curated selection of over 60 videos. In addition to the commercial, cinematic and music video compilations and full screening of a selection of fine art and experimental films, the exhibition will feature vintage movie posters, historical ephemera and a timeline looking at censorship in media over the last six decades.

The 90 min. loop of art and experimental films plays from the beginning on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at: 1:17 PM; 2:47 PM; 4:17 PM; 5:47 PM; 7:17 PM; and 8:47 PM.

 

On Saturdays and Sundays, it plays at: 1:17 PM; 2:47 PM; 4:17 PM; 5:47 PM; 7:17 PM; 8:47 PM; 10:17 PM and 11:47 PM.

 

The showtimes for each film are:

 
Carolee Schneemann, Fuses (1967), 30 min.

M, W, Th and F: 1:17 PM; 2:47 PM; 4:17 PM; 5:47 PM; 7:17 PM; and 8:47 PM.
Sat. and Sun.: 1:17 PM; 2:47 PM; 4:17 PM; 5:47 PM; 7:17 PM; 8:47 PM; 10:17 PM and 11:47 PM.


Natalia LL, Consumer Art (1975), 15 min.

M, W, Th and F: 1:47 PM; 3:17 PM; 4:47 PM; 6:17 PM; and 7:47 PM.
Sat. and Sun.: 12:17; 1:47 PM; 3:17 PM; 4:47 PM; 6:17 PM; 7:47 PM; 9:17 PM; and 10:47 PM.


Hannah Wilke, So Help Me Hannah (1982), 30 min.

M, W, Th and F: 2:02 PM; 3:32 PM; 5:02 PM; 6:32 PM; and 8:02 PM.
Sat. and Sun.: 12:32 PM; 2:02 PM; 3:32 PM; 5:02 PM; 6:32 PM; 8:02 PM; 9:32; and 11:02 PM.


Ximena Cuevas, Cama (Bed) (1998), 2 min.

M, W, Th and F: 2:32 PM; 4:02 PM; 5:32 PM; 7:02 PM; and 8:32 PM.
Sat. and Sun.: 1:02 PM; 2:32 PM; 4:02 PM; 5:32 PM; 7:02 PM; 8:32 PM; 10:02 PM; and 11:32 PM.


Mike Kuchar, Boy Toys (2000), 10 min.

M, W, Th and F: 2:34 PM; 4:04 PM; 5:34 PM; 7:04 PM; and 8:34 PM.
Sat. and Sun.: 1:04 PM; 2:34 PM; 4:04 PM; 5:34 PM; 7:04 PM; 8:34 PM; 10:04 PM; and 11:34 PM.


SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY, Exhibitionist Mode (2019), 3 min.

M, W, Th and F: 2:44 PM; 4:14 PM; 5:44 PM; 7:14 PM; and 8:44 PM.
Sat. and Sun.: 1:14 PM; 2:44 PM; 4:14 PM; 5:44 PM; 7:14 PM; 8:44 PM; 10:14 PM; and 11:44 PM.

CURATOR

Emily Shoyer


CURATORIAL ASSISTANT

Eve Arballo


EXHIBITION DESIGN

Feiyi Bie


EXHIBITION PRODUCTION

Cletis Chatterton


VIDEO PRODUCTION

Astor Place Inc.


TECHNOLOGY TEAM

Edgar Samudio
Winston Forgenie Jr.


INSTALLATION & CONSTRUCTION TEAM

Chase Adams
Caroline Board
Glen Einbinder
Flores Painting
Scott Goodman Studio


ARTISTS

Carolee Schneemann
Natalia LL
Hannah Wilke
Ximena Cuevas
Mike Kuchar
Shawné Michaelain Holloway


LENDERS

Electronic Arts Intermix
ZW Foundation
Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


SPECIAL THANKS TO

Kimberley Aleah, Co-Executive Producer, Rolling Stone

Date

June 4, 2021 - Ongoing