From the post at Blouin Artinfo concerning Lissa Rivera’s exhibition “Beautiful Boy”:
The selection of works on display features portraits that depict gender as a repertoire. The exhibition investigates a visual language of femininity that is deeply embedded in the DNA of our cultural perceptions. The earlier photographs sort through the history of 20th-century film, photography and painting. 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. Rivera revels in the visual pleasure an intimate muse can inspire, as so many male artists have experienced historically.