The Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition

Deconstructing Elsie by Nava Atlas installation view: Animal Museum

From The Animal Museum‘s document: The Sexual Politics of Meat (SPOM) exhibition is curated by artists: Kathryn Eddy, Janell O’Rourke & L.A. Watson, and features fourteen contemporary women artists whose work has been inspired by the eco-feminist theories presented in Carol J. Adams’ book, The Sexual Politics of Meat.

The SPOM exhibition aims not simply to illustrate the ideas found in the book but instead, highlights how artists internalize theory and create original work as a result; the exhibit will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the book.

The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams explores the ways that women and animals are marginalized and objectified in patriarchal cultures. Through an exploration of how persons might literally and metaphorically become “pieces of meat,” Adams analyses the object-status of nonhuman animals and its relationship to the objectification of women throughout visual and literary culture.

Sexual Politics of Meat flyer - Animal Museum 2017

Through their work, the artists of SPOM examine intersecting oppressions based on gender, race and species, exploring what objectification means to them personally, politically and poetically. Working in a wide variety of media the artists of SPOM ask, “How does someone become something?”

Featured artists: Nava Atlas, Patricia Denys, Kathryn Eddy, Suzy González, Hester Jones, Renee Lauzon, Maria Lux, lynn mowson, Janell O’Rourke, Olaitan Valerie Callender-Scott, Angela Singer, Sunaura Taylor, L.A. Watson, Yvette Watt.


Nava Atlas with Deconstructing Elsie

Nava Atlas with “Deconstructing Elsie”. Photo © Mary C Holmes, 2017

SPOM artists - The Animal Museum, LA

Above (l to r): Carolyn Merino Mullin, director of The Animal Museum; Kathryn Eddy (co-curator), Renee Lauzon, L.A. Watson (co-curator), Janell O’Rourke, Patricia Denys, Carol J. Adams, Nava Atlas, lynn mowson, Suzy Gonzales. Artists not present: Hester Jones, Maria Lux, Olaitan Valerie Callender-Scott, Angela Singer, Sunaura Taylor.

lynn mowson, L.A. Watson, and Nava Atlas at the SPOM exhibit

lynn mowson, L.A. Watson, and Nava Atlas at the SPOM exhibit

SPOM installation view -The Animal Museum, LA

Photo by L.A. Watson © 2017

Partial installation view (l to r): Deconstructing Elsie by Nava Atlas; the series All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go by Hester Jones; Peep Show (front) by Patricia Denys; Tear by Angela Singer, right wall.

Sexual Politics of Meat Exhibition view

Photo by L.A. Watson © 2017

Left wall work by Janell O’Rourke, Back wall from left to right: L.A. Watson, Nava Atlas. Center pedestal: Patricia Denys.