It’s Not Polite to Stare

January 07, 2014 - March 16, 2014
Alonzo and Vallye Dudley Gallery

The nature of film and video as a medium often compels artists to focus on the idea of seeing and being seen. In this exhibition, Charles Atlas, VALIE EXPORT and Shelly Silver all address the "rules of looking" and how they are affected by gender roles. All three videos take place in a public space, which leads the viewer to question the existence of privacy in the public realm. Is it acceptable or even expected to stare simply because the environment is no longer explicitly private? Each artist takes a humorous approach to these issues in a range of scenarios: a woman allowing the public to touch her chest through a mini curtained theater constructed on her torso; a man dressed in an outlandish "Mrs. Peanut" costume strutting down the street in Lucite heels; and a woman stalking men through the streets of Paris as they try to evade her.

Images courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix.


Laura Valeri, associate curator of European art


The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art