By ParadiseValleyResort.com News
You may recall that last month an exhibit at a small West Village
shut down by the NYPD because the show featured a nude woman
standing in the gallery window. (She was holding a jar of human
testicles, by the way, but more on that later.) The NYCLU and famed
civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby rallied to the gallery's defense, arguing
that a state law on public nudity has an exception for "the
breast-feeding of infants or to any person entertaining or performing in
a play, exhibition, show or entertainment." In a surprise move, the
NYPD agreed, and declared that the model, Megan Hanford, is an integral
part of the artwork, and there's nothing lewd or indecent about it.
Emboldened, the gallery is now kicking it up a notch!
Yesterday the artist, Brian
Reed, joined Hanford in the window of the Chair and the Maiden gallery.
(The jar of testicles was set aside, since they were no longer
necessary to "balance the female energy.") Curator David Zell tells us
that Reed had been ...
getting a lot of hate mail accusing him of
objectifying women, with some critics wondering why he wasn't up there
exposing himself. So he decided to do just that (and he'll be back next
Thursday, in case you missed it). We asked Zell about those who object
to the exhibit, particularly families who say they have no warning about
what they're about to walk past, and no choice about keeping it from
their children. He said:
Choice goes both ways. They have a choice to not walk by and
not look in. I'm on a small street; it's not a main boulevard. And once
could argue that the state of New York is infringing on my choice if we
were prohibited from displaying this. Everyone has to have choice in
order for it to be balanced.
And let's face it, it's not about children, it's about their parents.
Why do they want to make a child ashamed of the human body, and suggest
that it's dirty to look at? We actually have many families who stop and
look and have a conversation about it. Children should not be ashamed
of nudity; it's an education issue.
But what about the testicles?! Zell says they actually
belong to Hanford, who played a significant role in creating the show.
They were once attached to an old roommate who underwent a sex change
operation, and he mailed them to her as a gift. So now you know. The
whole ballsy exhibit ends March 21st, and the live performance will
return Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and
Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Naked Guy Joins Naked Gal in Village Gallery Window