Opening reception: May 21, 2015, 7-9pm
The Male Gayze, Leah Schrager’s first solo show in NYC, opens May 21 at Stream Gallery. This show follows Schrager’s appearance in the group exhibition, Off Pink, at The Kitchen. Body Anxiety, an online gallery co-curated by Schrager and Jennifer Chan, was reviewed last month by Johannah Fateman in Art Forum. Schrager was also recently an invited speaker at The Swiss Institute’s panel discussion, “Artist as Curator.”
In The Male Gayze Schrager’s work visually and textually re-conceptualizes the scopic interplay between male desire and female display based on her role as Sarah White – The Naked Therapist, a practice she commenced in 2010. On view will be video and text from Naked Therapy interactions from 2011, visual works from 2015, and performative texts from today.
The show presents art works that engage seminal questions regarding the trope of the male gaze: When is the gaze autoerotic and when is it heteronormative? How can we distinguish between the imaginative and oppressive? Where does the intentional meet the incidental? What does the gaze want if what it really sees is itself in others? What approach to the gaze best leads to its reconciliation with justice, desire and autonomy for both seer and seen?
Schrager just graduated from Parsons School of Design with an MFA from the prestigious Fine Art program. She has performed at the Andrew Edlin Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, White Box Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Cutlog Art Fair, and LMCC, and has exhibited at Select Fair Miami, The Center on Contemporary Art, Hotel Americano, The Kitchen, Distillery Gallery, Bronx Art Space, NARS Foundation, Chashama Gallery, among others.
Curated by Monica Mirabile