The Dick Show is a response to the abundance of female nudes we all continue to suffer through in life drawing classes and at galleries and museums. Contrary to popular belief, women are not inherently easier or more pleasant to draw because of their curves. Women are easier and most pleasant to draw because we have been conditioned, through centuries of art and other popular representations, to believe women’s bodies are more accessible and less threatening than male bodies.
As part of a Boston Mobile Billboard Project last year, the Guerrilla Girls asked “Do women have to be naked to get into Boston Museums?” The anonymous feminist art group pointed out that while many of the paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts depict female nudes, only 11% of the artists shown are women.
In 2012, two Austrian museums drew much international attention by dedicating exhibitions to the naked man: The Lentos Art Museum in Linz and the Leopold Museum in Vienna. Building on this thematic, from June 20 – July 27, The Potemkin will erect The Dick Show to celebrate the penis in all its glory. So let’s rip off those fig leafs and let it all hang out!
*This exhibition is unfunded and therefore we will not be paying artist’s fees or shipping costs. If your work sells during the show you retain 100% of monies paid. The Potemkin does not take any percentage.
Please drop off your work at the Potemkin, above the Owl Acoustic Lounge, 411 - 3 Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta, between noon and 4 pm on June 15, 2013.
*Work is subject to inclusion based on the discretion of the organizer, Leila Armstrong, and representatives of the Potemkin Collective.
Include 1) your name, the title of the work, the media, and the year it was produced; and 2) a brief artist’s statement (50 - 100 words) describing the relevance of your piece to the theme.
For more information contact Leila Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.