Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

Nov 4, 2016 - May 7, 2017

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052

Time: Museum Hours: Wednesday & Friday-Sunday 11am-6pm; Thursday 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Phone Number: 718-638-5000

Marilyn Minter's sensual paintings, photographs, and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture. She trains a critical eye on the power of desire, questioning the fashion industry's commercialization of sex and the body. Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty is the first retrospective of her work.

Spanning more than four decades, the exhibition begins with the artist's earliest artworks, from 1969 through 1986, including rarely exhibited photographs as well as paintings incorporating photorealist and Pop art techniques. It continues with works from the late 1980s and 1990s that examine visual pleasure in visceral depictions of food and sex. The exhibition culminates in Minter's ongoing investigation of how the beauty industry expertly creates and manipulates desire through images.

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty is co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator, and Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

The accompanying book is published by Gregory R. Miller & Company, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

This exhibition is supported by generous grants from Gregory R. Miller & Co.; Amy and John Phelan; Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn/Salon 94, New York; and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Generous support for the Brooklyn Museum presentation is provided by The Fuhrman Family Foundation; Amy and John Phelan; the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan and Patrick Scanlan; the Taylor Foundation; Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch; Salon 94, New York; Maharam; Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz; Sherry Brous and Douglas Oliver; Richard Edwards and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen; Christina and Emmanuel Di Donna; Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson; Linda and Gregory Fischbach; Danielle and David Ganek; Dominique Lévy and Dorothy Berwin;  the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation; Richard B. Sachs; Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros Foundation; Fern and Lenard Tessler; Isabella and Theodor Dalenson; Emily Glasser and William Susman; and Richard and Beth Heller.

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty 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.

Gallery Tour
November 10, 2016, 2pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour
November 10, 2016, 6:30pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Brooklyn Talks: Marilyn Minter's Creative Network
November 10, 2016, 7pm
Artist Marilyn Minter leads rapid-fire conversations with a constellation of her inspirations, collaborators, and creative comrades, with her signature energy and candor. Minter spotlights the work and character of each participant during a ten-minute Q&A exploring topics as diverse as sexual imagery, social activism, male feminism, fashion, and contemporary painting.
Participants include: Sarah Nicole Prickett (founder of Adult Magazine), Johanna Fateman (post-punk musician, Le Tigre), Richard Hell (punk pioneer), Lorna Simpson (artist), Ryan McGinley (photographer), Jayson Musson (artist), Mary Heilmann (artist), Shea Spencer (photographer and producer), Abigail DeAtley (Director of Development at Planned Parenthood, NYC)

Gallery Tour
November 12, 20116, 12pm
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

urator Tour
December 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, shares insights into Minter's work.

Members Curator Tour: Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty and Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller

December 7, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Trendsetter, Groundbreaker, and Director's Circle Members are invited to join us for private after-hours tours of two of our exhibitions.

Artist's Eye: Betty Tompkins on Marilyn Minter

December 10, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Join Betty Tompkins for an intimate look at Marilyn Minter's work.

Gallery Tour

December 11, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour

December 15, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Gallery Tour

December 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m.
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

Brooklyn Afternoons

March 21, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Individuals with memory loss and their care partners are invited to enjoy art, conversation, and each other's company during nonpublic hours in our galleries.

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

Event Type: Exhibition