EXHIBITION

Lissa Rivera, Motel, Virginia
Motel, Virginia
Lissa Rivera, Poolside, Family Home
Poolside, Family Home
Lissa Rivera, Study in Red and Yellow
Study in Red and Yellow
Lissa Rivera, My Swimsuit
My Swimsuit
Lissa Rivera, Experiment with Gels
Experiment with Gels
Lissa Rivera, Boudoir
Boudoir
Lissa Rivera, Male Impersonator
Male Impersonator
Lissa_Rivera, Mirror with Jewels
Mirror with Jewels
Lissa Rivera, Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Lissa Rivera, Legs
Legs
Lissa Rivera, Venus
Venus
Lissa Rivera, Courtesan I
Courtesan I
Lissa Rivera, Eggleston Hair
Eggleston Hair
Lissa Rivera, Portrait with Symbols II
Portrait with Symbols II
Lissa Rivera, Object of Desire
Object of Desire
Lissa Rivera, White Carpet Odalisque, Family Home
White Carpet Odalisque, Family Home
Lissa Rivera, Venice Apartment
Venice Apartment
Lissa Rivera, Lavender Gown
Lavender Gown
Lissa Rivera, Blindfold
Blindfold
Lissa Rivera, Chairs
Study with Chairs I
Lissa Rivera, Desk
Desk with View
Lissa Rivera, Blue Room
Blue Room
Lissa Rivera, Green Pegnoir
Green Pegnoir
Lissa Rivera, Emerald Living Room
Emerald Living Room
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Pink Bedroom (for Priscilla)
Pink Bedroom (for Priscilla)
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image I
Exhibition Image I
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image II
Exhibition Image II
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image III
Exhibition Image III
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image IV
Exhibition Image IV
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image V
Exhibition Image V
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image VI
Exhibition Image VI
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image VII
Exhibition Image VII
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image VIII
Installation Image VIII
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image IX
Installation Image IX
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image X
Installation Image X
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image XI
Installation Image XI
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image XII
Installation Image XII
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image XIII
Installation Image XIII
Lissa Rivera, Beautiful Boy, Installation Image XIV
Installation Image XIV

June 1 – July 15, 2017

Opening reception:
Thursday, June 1, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Artist talk with BJ Lillis:
Saturday, June 10, 2017
3:00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Lissa Rivera: Beautiful Boy”—the artist’s first solo show with the gallery.

Lissa Rivera’s “Beautiful Boy” portraits revel in gender as a repertoire.—Stephen Vider, social and cultural historian

On the subway one evening, Lissa Rivera’s new friend BJ shared that throughout college he had almost exclusively worn women’s clothing. However, after taking a professional job, he felt much less free to explore gender. Lissa, having struggled through her own fraught relationship with the demands of proscribed femininity, suggested to BJ that perhaps photographs might help create a space for him to explore his identity outside isolation.

Lissa writes: “Taking the first pictures was an emotional experience. I connected with my friend’s vulnerability. I wanted to make sure that the images were not a compromise for either of us, and we engaged in many discussions.”

Eventually, Lissa and BJ found themselves falling in love. Now romantic partners, the two are collaborators who have sought to “perform and reshape gender individually and as a couple,” writes Stephen Vider. Rivera relishes the visual pleasure an intimate muse can inspire, as so many male artists have experienced historically.

“Beautiful Boy” investigates a visual language of femininity that is deeply embedded in the DNA of our cultural perceptions. Drawing from Lissa and BJ’s shared interests, the earliest photographs mine the history of 20th-century film, photography, and painting. However, as the project evolved, the images began to flood over boundaries of scripts and sets, and reveal individual experiences of gender, desire, and cultural taboo.

Lissa Rivera is based in Brooklyn. Her work has received multiple grants and honors and has been exhibited internationally. She grew up near Rochester, New York, home of Eastman Kodak, where as a child she was exposed to the treasures at the Eastman Museum. After receiving an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Rivera worked professionally in collections, including the Museum of the City of New York, where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity in relationship to photographic technologies. Rivera was chosen as a “Woman to Watch” for the biennial exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Selected honors include the Griffin Museum’s Peter Urban Legacy Award; Feature Shoot’s Emerging Photography Award; Photographic Resource Center Exposure 2016; Danforth Museum Purchase Prize; Filter Photo Festival’s People’s Choice Award; and the 2017 D&AD Next Photographer Shortlist. She is now Associate Curator at the Museum of Sex in Manhattan.

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