Saturday, February 18–Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Video, Sculpture and Photographic Installation

Howl! Happening is pleased to present Beth B’s Voyeur, an installation of video, photography and sculpture that explores the varied perceptions of the female and male gaze. The exhibition enlists the viewer's implicit participation with transgressive imagery and invites each person to examine their own boundaries and preconceptions regarding sexuality and gender. A new Beth B publication, Nudes, will be published by Howl! to coincide with the exhibition.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18, 6–9 PM.

  • The exhibition comprises:
    • -Six large-scale photographs that capture sex workers gazing into mirrors as they prepare for a day’s work.
    • -Four video screens in which viewers come face to face with film portraits of men and women at the height of orgasm—a silent invitation to explore one’s own eroticism.
    • -A large screen video projection covering the front of the gallery’s windows which allows pedestrians to participate in the exhibition without entering the gallery space. The projections are literally windows into people's apartments where we observe their private, yet mundane lives: a mother at play with her child, an elderly man smoking a cigarette on his terrace, a family readying themselves for dinner, a teenager jumping on her bed, and a woman talking on her cell phone while pacing the room.
    • -The publication of a mix-and-match book, titled Nudes, reenvisions gender norms: offering the participant the opportunity to interchange the heads, torsos and lower extremities of 41 photographs of men, women, and trans people.
    • -Nudes a 6’ x 3’ interactive sculpture, echoes the intent of the book and invites gallery goers to mix ‘n match heads and torsos and lower extremities to create their own hybrid gender bender.

The exhibition documents unmediated life in which the viewer holds the gaze from outside, like a peeping tom, and observes in a way which is normally forbidden. Do you participate? Do you walk away? Voyeur also presents provocative questions regarding online privacy and public security as our every move in life is potentially tracked and recorded.

  • On Thursday, February 23rd, Howl! and the Ms. Foundation present Illumination: Spotlighting the Culture of Violence Against Women, a provocative panel discussion of women's safety that will cover topics such as trans safety, sex trafficking, domestic assault, mass incarceration, rape, and the political power of art. Included on the panel are Ruchira Gupta, Founder of Apne App; Beverly Tillery, Executive Director of New York City Anti-Violence Project; Sharon Richardson, Founder of Re-Entry Rocks; artist/filmmaker Beth B; and Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women.Beth B is renowned for her groundbreaking films from the 70s such as Black Box, Vortex, and The Offenders. Throughout her prolific career, she has produced more than 30 films in the documentary, experimental and narrative genres, working independently and through television. Her explosive film Exposed (2013), and many other films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Walker Art Center. Her films have been screened at the New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival and more.

Her new feature documentary film Call Her Applebroog had its world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art and opened at the Metrograph theater in New York City and other theatrical venues. The film reveals renowned artist Ida Applebroog’s groundbreaking artwork, which has inquired into the polemics of human relations, but more intimately, is about her dramatic struggle to overcome adversity. Her personal story is one that Beth B knows well—Ida is her mother and colleague.

More About Beth B

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Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun, 11–6 PM