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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

'Artgasm': An Explosion of Female Sexuality -- and Motherhood -- in Art

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Madison Young is Becoming MILF. - MABEL JIMINEZ
  • Mabel Jiminez
  • Madison Young is Becoming MILF.

Breastmilk and porn? For many, this combination may seem strange or possibly highly offensive. But for Femina Potens, it's just another day at the gallery. Founder Madison Young will hand out ice cream made from her own breastmilk -- a treat not for the squeamish, as she also discusses going through a pregnancy while still working in the adult film industry. Both are part of her performance piece Becoming MILF -- MILF being an acronym born in adult films that stands for "Mother I'd Like to Fuck." It's part of the larger series "Artgasm," which starts today and has its opening reception Friday. "Artgasm" consists of installations, exhibits, and performances including selected visual works from Womb Nostalgia by Rachel Znerold, as well as Afterbirth by Amelia D'Entrone. Other pieces explore desire, postpartum depression, and the ways that sex does not end at motherhood.

  • Mabel Jiminez
  • Sadie Lune
But be warned. Those expecting a bevy of porn stars with shocking pink nails and postbirth toned tummies will be challenged. In Biological Clock, for example, Sadie Lune performs a ritual involving sperm donors, whores, and holy lovers performing a live insemination. If this is any indication of what is to come, gallerygoers should be prepared for feminist art with a capital F and motherhood with a heavy dose of kink.

"Artgasm" runs April 19-30 at Michelle O'Connor Gallery (one of the venues where Femina Potens is holding exhibits before its new home is ready). The opening reception, including Becoming MILF, starts at 7 p.m. Friday.

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