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The following is an article I wrote for ArtCat’s The Zine. Find the original here.

Ryan McGinley, Highway, 2007, c-print, 30 x 40 inches. Via Team Gallery.

Ryan McGinley, Highway, 2007, c-print, 30 x 40 inches. Via Team Gallery.

Ryan McGinley
I Know Where the Summer Goes
Ryan McGinley
3 April – 3 May 2008
Team Gallery – 83 Grand Street, New York NY

New York based photographer Ryan McGinley made a surprising admission in the press release for his latest show, I Know Where the Summer Goes: his photographs are staged. In fact, the lithe young things writhing in the 30 or so pictures on display at Team Gallery are models that he cast in an official casting call where each potential model was judged on “mellowness… strong personalities,” comfort naked and “long-limbed[ness].” And then the road-trip across the country was meticulously planned, with locations extensively researched for their symbolic weight and McGinley planning plenty of activities for his hired cadre of enthusiastic companions to partake in. The truth is that McGinley’s images have always been staged in his drive to create an aesthetic world where youth runs wild against the backdrop of iconic landscapes of the American West, this is just the first time he admitted it on paper.

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This is a piece I originally wrote for Art Cat’s The Zine, published March 25, 2008. Read the original piece here.

Carolee Schneemann, still image from "Fuses",  1965, color film in 16mm, 22:00 minutes

Carolee Schneemann, still image from "Fuses", 1965, color film in 16mm, 22:00 minutes

Women in Experimental Film
Co-presented by The Film-makers’s Cooperative and PS1
2pm Saturday 1 March 2008
PS1 – 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City NY

Women Behind the Lens, Panel Discussion
Presented by CineKink
Moderated by Rachel Kramer Bussel
5pm Saturday 1 March 2008
Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

Running concurrent to the WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution exhibition at PS1 and boasting its own set of events, was the less high profile CineKink Film Festival. The festival, whose aim is to continue “the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television” — according to the letter of introduction written by CineKink Co-Founder and Director Lisa Vandever — focuses primarily on porn, a topic deplored by many feminists, yet one that resonates deeply with much of the work on display at PS1.

Saturday March 1, 2008, in a moment of programmatic convergence, PS1 in Long Island City screened the works of seven experimental feminist filmmakers followed by a panel discussion; across the river at the Anthology Film Archives, CineKink hosted its pornographic version of the same event, showcasing woman-directed works of pornography followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

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