Portia Munson: The Pink Bedroom
January 27, 2023 - July 26, 2023
Museum of Sex:
233 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10016

Munson often plumbs the conflicting expectations surrounding the consumption of the female body. These ideas manifest in her playful selection of objects—bulbous breasts, crotch-clenching nutcrackers, and suggestive vessels—that appear in her prescient artworks.

For the Catskill artist’s inaugural outing at Manhattan’s most sex-positive museum, she presents an expanded iteration of her ongoing Pink Project: Bedroom, a riotous cave of mass-produced objects marketed towards girls and women—“found detritus that’s both seductive and repulsive at the same time,” Munson says. (It’s also an olfactory trip thanks to Marissa Zappas’s perfume oil, evoking scents of plastic doll heads, makeup powder, and strawberry candy.) By confronting us with the many everyday plastic things acquired, revered, or discarded, Munson continues to carve out space for a complex type of pleasure.

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