Peeps (2009)

Peeps, curated by Amy Herzog. May 15-July 12, 2009, at the Amie and Tony James Gallery, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street), New York, N.Y. 10016. James Gallery Director: Linda Norden.

Curator’s statement, checklist, installation views, sample wall texts, and the program for Pornography in the City available here.

Installation architecture designed by Pierre Huyghe. Featuring works by Peggy Ahwesh, Alvin Baltrop, James Bidgood, Martha Colburn, Jean Genet, Lisa Kereszi, Bjarne Melgaard, Matthias Müller, Margie Schnibbe, Richard Kornbacher,and Andy Warhol, in addition to vintage “peep show” loops and other ephemera.

Review: Damon Stanek, “Welcome to the Peep Show,Art in America, 2009.

The exhibition inspired a subsequent symposium, Pornography in the City, grappling with questions regarding spectatorship, public sex, urban planning, queer sociality, and regulation. Participants included Douglas Crimp, Jeff Escoffier, Dagmar Herzog, William Kornbulm, Bjarne Melgaard, Melissa Ragona, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Linda Ford.


NOTE: Installation video includes explicit material.

Curator Statement

Pornography in the City Program





Installation documentation courtesy of Tim Soter, Peter Walsh, Sebastian Mlynarski, and Anne Marie Puyo-Furlong.

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