In Iggy Pop Life Class, Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller uses the traditional life drawing class to stage a performative event with Iggy Pop as model and subject. The exhibition presents the resulting drawings along with works from our historical collections, chosen by Deller, that depict the male body, examining shifting representations of masculinity throughout history.
The fifty-three drawings included in the exhibition were created on February 21, 2016, during a one-day life drawing class, using Pop as the unexpected model. The class was held at the New York Academy of Art and included twenty-two artists drawn from New York City's diverse communities, ranging in age from 19 to 80, with varying backgrounds and levels of education and experience. The class was led by artist and drawing professor Michael Grimaldi. The participating artists are Jeremy Day, Jeanette Farrow, Margaret Fisher, Seiji Gailey, Robert Hagan, Tobias Hall, Deirdra Hazeley, Patricia Hill, Okim Woo Kim, Maureen McAllister, Kallyiah Merilus, Guno Park, Kinley Pleteau, Angel Ramirez, Robert Reid, Mauricio Rodriguez, Danielle Rubin, Taylor Schultek, Charlotte Segall, Andrew Shears, and Levan Songulashvili.
Deller's collaboration with Pop as a nude model is essential to his concept. A pioneer rock musician-as a singer, songwriter, musician, and actor-Pop began performing in the 1960s, becoming known for strenuous and unpredictable stage performances that often left his body battered and cut. As Deller notes, "Iggy Pop has one of the most recognizable bodies in popular culture. A body that is key to an understanding of rock music, and that has been paraded, celebrated, and scrutinized through the years in a way that is unusual for a man. It is also fair to say that it has witnessed a lot. It was for these reasons that I wanted him to sit for a life class." For Deller, the life drawing class offered the opportunity to study his body in direct and palpable terms.
Iggy Pop Life Class is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Vice Director, Exhibitions and Collections Management, Brooklyn Museum.
Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, the FUNd, and Cristina Enriquez-Bocobo.
The accompanying book is published by the Brooklyn Museum in association with Heni Publishing, London. This publication is supported by the FUNd.
Iggy Pop Life Class is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of ten exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Leadership support is provided by Elizabeth A. Sackler, an anonymous donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, and Mary Jo and Ted Shen. Generous support is also provided by the Taylor Foundation, the Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund, and The Cowles Charitable Trust.
EVENTS RELATED TO THIS EXHIBITION
Brooklyn Talks: Iggy Pop and Jeremy Deller moderated by Tom Healy
November 3, 2016, 7-8:30pm
Join Pop and Deller as they riff on their collaboration, the male nude in art, and masculinity in rock. Moderated by poet Tom Healy.
Members Curator Tour: Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty and Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller
December 7, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Trendsetter, Groundbreaker, and Director's Circle Members are invited to join us for private after-hours tours of two of our exhibitions.
The Brooklyn Museum is excited to announce A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, ten distinct exhibitions and an extensive calendar of related public programs celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The Museum-wide series starts in October 2016 and continues through early 2018.
A Year of Yes presents a multiplicity of voices from the history of feminism and feminist art while also showcasing contemporary artistic practices and new thought leadership. The project recognizes feminism as a driving force for progressive change and takes the transformative contributions of feminist art during the last half-century as its starting point. A Year of Yes then reimagines the next steps, expanding feminist thinking from its roots in the struggle for gender parity to embrace broader social-justice issues of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.
From exhibitions of renowned and trailblazing women artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marilyn Minter, to a breakthrough survey of the lesser-known artist Beverly Buchanan; from a long-overdue historical account of the centrality of women of color in the emergence of second-wave feminism, to exhibitions with global contemporary artists enacting a future of equality, A Year of Yes pushes back against conventional barriers while expanding the canon.
A Year of Yes also delves into the history of the Brooklyn Museum itself, reexamining the radical, progressive, and largely unheralded contributions so often left out of traditional institutional histories. By reinterpreting the collection, amid ten special exhibitions and innovative public programming, the Museum will demonstrate how feminism's reenvisioning of the contemporary world has changed how we understand the artworks in the building, the culture that surrounds them, and the ways history gets written.
A Year of Yes Exhibitions
Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals, October 21, 2016-March 5, 2017
Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, November 4, 2016-April 2, 2017
Iggy Pop Life Class, November 4, 2016-March 26, 2017
Infinite Blue, Opening late November 2016
A Woman's Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt, Opening December 2, 2016
Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern, March 3, 2017-July 23, 2017
Utopia Station, Launching late March 2017
We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, April 21-September 17, 2017
The Roots of "The Dinner Party", Opening October 20, 2017
A Feminist Timeline, Opening October 20, 2017