January 19 - May 26, 2023
This exhibit is guest curated by Joan Markowitz.
The male gaze commonly describes a way of looking at and being seen in the world that empowers men and sexualizes women. It comes out of feminist studies and film studies and is often applied to the visual arts.
Although usually applied to women, the process of objectification and sexualization also impacts men. For example, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington recently complained about being labeled "a hunk."
Photographers like Jerrie Hurd who specialize in figurative images often struggle to find form and beauty in the human figure while avoiding objectification.