Hunter College - Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery
East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, 212-772-4991
Upper East Side
March 29 - May 12, 2007
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Regarding Intimacy is an exhibition of photography and video curated by Saul Robbins featuring work by Todd Deutsch, Allen Frame, Susan Lipper, Oz Lubling, John Milisenda, Keisha Scarville, Dona Schwartz, Bob Shamis, Larry Sultan, and Carrie Mae Weems.
In recent years, increasingly risqué depictions of physical and sexual intimacy have pervaded visual media. However, many other photographic portrayals of intimacy exist, as contemporary photographers continue to explore the influential relationships in their day-to-day lives. The artists in this exhibition reveal a dynamic and multifaceted reading of interpersonal intimacy, proposing that it is our own experience of intimate relationships, rather than that depicted in the media, which is the most enduring and satisfying. It is this broader range of normal and everyday intimate relationships that deserves our attention, holding a much greater promise of attainability, rather than the highly stylized, glamorous, and erotic one that is so often in vogue and out of reach. “It is this less sensational depiction that most interests me” says Robbins. “My desire is that viewers will be encouraged to pause more readily and to consider how, and where, their own experiences intersect with those of the artists in this exhibition.”