THE DUNGEON SERIES, JIMMY DESANA, PPOW, NEW YORK CITY, USA
In the late 1970s, subversive photographer Jimmy DeSana created what is now known as one of his earliest bodies of work: The Dungeon Series. DeSana collaborated with author and dominatrix Terence Sellers, who invited him to photograph her often sadomasochistic clients. The series introduces several compositional motifs that would go on to define DeSana’s work, notably household items, a single light source, and contorted faceless subjects.
Until March 11, 2023
THE PINK BEDROOM, PORTIA MUNSON, THE MUSEUM OF SEX, NEW YORK CITY, USA
Portia Munson rose from an early 90s New York art set with her almost obsessive penchant for collecting (and arranging) pink objects. She featured alongside The Guerilla Girls, Laura Aguilar, and Carrie Mae Weems in the Bad Girls show, curated by Marcia Tucker. Her work stood out for its bold embrace of kitsch and criticism of the commodification of women’s sexuality and the infantilisation of our bodies – powerful work which still endures today, and takes on new life in the walls of the Museum of Sex.
Until July 26, 2023