Behind The Green Door
24 Jun - 30 Jul 2010
Janine Antoni, Fiona Banner, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Patricia Cronin, Jacob Dyrenforth, Martin Kersels, Patrick Killoran, Jason Kraus, Jeff Kopp, Erik van Lieshout, Goshka Macuga, Christian Marclay, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Lara Schnitger, Franz West, Tommy White, Sue Williams
24 June – 30 July 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24th, 6 – 8 pm
Summer Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 – 6 pm
Harris Lieberman is pleased to present Behind the Green Door, a group exhibition that examines the way artists relate to an element of contemporary culture specifically sex and fetish.
The show borrows its title from the iconic adult film from 1970s, and will explore how artists play (inside and outside the studio) using material and content to focus on ideas of perversion, taboo, entertainment and excitement in their work.
The 1972 release of Behind the Green Door was a catalyst in bringing the exploration of sex and fetish into the cultural mainstream and was indicative of broader movements of personal liberation in the 1970s. The film title itself was a reference to several short stories from the first half of the 20th century as well as a 1950s pop song, in which the “green door” became a metaphor for a place to seek out adventure that had been previously off-limits.
As an extension of the exhibition, the rear gallery will be transformed into a video library where selection of mainstream movies selected by participating artists will be screened for the duration of the show, highlighting popular culture’s influence on contemporary art today.
Behind the Green Door is organized by Jason Kraus, Michael Lieberman & Jessie Washburne-Harris.