Gallery 98 is pleased to loan works to Punk Lust, the newest exhibition at The Museum of Sex in New York. While the museum’s main purpose is to “preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance” of sex, it has also shown in its exhibitions a strong affinity to the visual arts. Punk Lust is co-curated by renowned downtown culture critic, Carlo McCormick, journalist and musician Vivien Goldman, and Museum of Sex’s Lissa Rivera. The exhibition runs through November 30th.
Sex played a much different role in Punk than in the Hippie subculture that proceeded it. In Punk culture, sex strove “to transgress and defy… to break through the stifling gender norms and social expectations that punks refused to let define them”.
Punk Lust has borrowed from Gallery 98’s strong archive of art and ephemera connected to the East Village scene of the 1970’s out of which Punk emerged. Marc H Miller of Gallery 98 was a co-curator for the 1978 Punk Art exhibition at the Washington Project for the Arts, and the catalogue for that exhibition is on view in Punk Lust. Other objects lent include production stills from Amos Poe’s No Wave classic The Foreigner, and Marcia Resnick’s strangely perverse photograph, She Secretly Lusted After Her Television Idols.