Urban Pornography
October 25 – December 1, 2001 

Curated by Lauri Firstenberg
Main Space

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 

The city is made and made over into the simulacrum of the body, and the body, in its turn, is transformed, 'citified' urbanized as a distinctively metropolitan body.
– Elizabeth Grosz 

Urban Pornography examines the contemporary staging of the urban condition photographically. The recordings of banal structures and spaces range in approach from cynical to nostalgic, recovering obscure, in-between sites – domestic facades, billboards, cruise interiors, in a process of sensationalizing an abjected ordinary. In revealing the prosaic and spectacularizing the banal, the images of global metropoli represented by the group of artists, serve to critique the pervasion of repetition, sameness predictability, and excess of "the city."

The exhibition is accompanied by project rooms by Jonah Freeman and Michael Phelan who simulate metropolitan domestic and commercial interiors in a minimalist fashion. Their critique points to notions of generic structures that inhabit social spaces and the absent subjects who inhabit them.

Special thanks to Peter Zellner, Architect, Exhibition Advisor.

Lourdes Grobet, Untitled Olmayaztec Series, 1992, c-print, 11 x 14 in., photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Alex Slade, Ministry of Agriculture, Manaus Brasil, 1999, c-print, 60 x 38 in., photo: courtesy of the artist,