Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze



What:  Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze

When:  November 4–30, 2011. Closed Friday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day.

Where:  934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much:  Free admission during normal gallery hours

Gallery Hours:   Tues–Fri 12–7PM, Sat 12–5PM

Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze is a traveling survey  of 117 artworks debuting at SOMArts before traveling to the Kinsey Institute which place the male form in a position of objecthood and reverse conventional hierarchies in the culture of display. The exhibition includes an extensive collection of male adoration, male impersonation and male appendages, as well as works which probe contemporary expressions of feminism.

Featured artists include:

Juana Alicia
Nancy Buchanan
Guerrilla Girls On Tour!
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Jill O’Bryan
Carolee Schneemann
Sylvia Sleigh
Annie Sprinkle
Elizabeth Stephens
May Wilson
Melissa P. Wolf

Click here for the full list of exhibiting artists.

Opening Reception with Artwork Dedication & Performance
Friday, Nov 4 2011, 6–9PM. Free Admission.
Dedication of Sylvia Sleigh’s painting “Lawrence and Susana Delgado” to Mills College. Chanel Matsunami Govreau performs “Hapa Bruthas,” an exploration of Hapa male and Asian male sexuality, brotherhood, and the effects of interracial dating in Asian American communities from a mixed-Asian woman’s perspective.

Man as Object: A Peep Show Drawing Circle & Performance
Sunday, Nov 13, 2011, 12–3PM. $8 Suggested Donation.
Advance tickets:
Featuring a reprise of Chanel Matsunami Govreau’s performance “Hapa Bruthas.” A male model will be drawn by the heightened vantage point of the public. All drawings will be exhibited on site for the event, then taken home by the artists.

Closing Reception, Screening & Discussion Panel
Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6–9PM. Free admission.
Screening of historic feminist film Fuses by Carolee Schneemann followed by “Looking at Men: Then & Now,” a panel discussion with Tanya Augsburg, Ph.D., Carolee Schneemann, Annie Sprinkle and Melissa P. Wolf.

Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze, curated by Karen Gutfreund and Priscilla Otani with support from Tanya Augsburg, P.h.D., is one of four exhibition proposals selected to receive a 2011–12 Commons Curatorial Residency at SOMArts.

Selected artists and curators receive curatorial stipends and a support package valued at over $20,000, as well as access to one of the largest and most beautiful gallery spaces in the heart of the city to expand their practice, engage the Bay Area’s cultural communities, and turn vision into reality.

The exhibition is sponsored by National Women’s Caucus for Art and made possible through grants and assistance from SOMArts Cultural Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Foundation.

Art by Molly Marie Nuzzo, "superman"

Painting by Molly Marie Nuzzo, "superman"