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December 04, 2013
Recently I met an ambitious artist-curator who is hard at work planning an exhibition to coincide with International Women's Day next spring. The show is called She Views Herself: Emerging Women Artists and the Self-Portrait, and explores themes of gender politics, women's roles in societies and globally variant standards of beauty. I'm talking heavy stuff. Instagram selfies these ain't!
Being a card-carrying phylogynist, and a member of the more privileged sex, it is sometimes easy for me to ignore the uphill climb toward equality and identity that women have had to negotiate since antiquity. Men have had no societal marginalization to rebel against, no systematic disenfranchisement to suffer through and there's no record I can find of any widespread cultural misandry.
So I got to thinking, what sort of themes would an exhibition comprised of exclusively male self-portraits explore?
Egotism? Vice? Sexual Conquest?
And then it hit me: A Chronicle of Men's Grooming Practices Throughout Western History. So join me on a tour of our virtual Brooklyn Grooming Gallery...
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