Difference: On Representation and Sexuality
December 8 1984 – February 10 1985
Over the past ten years, a significant body of work has explored a complex terrain triangulated by the terms sexuality, meaning, and language. In literature, the visual arts, criticism, and ideological analysis, attention has focused on sexuality as a cultural construction, opposing a perspective based on a natural or biological ‘truth.’ This exhibition charts this territory in the visual arts. It presents work by its main participants. And it explores some of the radical implications of this approach. Its thesis - the continuous production of sexual difference - offers possibilities for change, for it suggests that this need not entail reproduction, but rather revision of our conventional categories of opposition.
-Kate Linker, exhibition catalogue
Traveled to Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, London