EXHIBITION

Richard Berkowitz, Master Rick's Leather Sling
Master Rick’s Leather Sling
Leather Banner from The-Spike-arrow-and-rivets-980
Handmade Leather Banner from The Spike
Leather Banner from The Spike
Handmade Leather Banner from The Spike
Kenny Burgess, Untitled (Hustler Portrait)
Untitled (Hustler Portrait #1)
Kenny Burgess, Untitled (Hustler Portrait #4)
Untitled (Hustler Portrait #4)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Self Portrait Standing in the Shower)
Untitled (Self Portrait Standing in the Shower)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Self Portrait)
Untitled (Self Portrait) [Sweet 16: Little Me as a Child Prostitute]
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Wally)
Untitled (Wally)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled
Untitled
Sam Steward [Phil Sparrow], Tattooed Man
Tattooed Man
Sam Steward, Eagle
Eagle
Sam Steward, Man in Leather
Man in Leather
Jane Sherry, Grandma Crone in a Lace Skirt
Grandma Crone in a Lace Skirt
Jane Sherry, Psyche Aphrodite
Psyche Aphrodite
Michael Vernaglia, Popping Pills
Popping Pills
Peter Hujar, David Wojanarowicz, Pier 34
David Wojnarowicz’s Wall Drawing at Pier 34
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Mike Miller; 24 years old; Allentown, Pennsylvania; $25
Mike Miller; 24 years old; Allentown, Pennsylvania; $25
Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Major Tom, 20 years old, Kansas City, Kansas, $20, Hustlers
Major Tom; 20 years old; Kansas City, Kansas; $20
Bill Rice, City Of Night (Cruising In The Park)
City of Night (Cruising in the Park)
Keith's Cruise Room, He's Waiting for You At...
He’s waiting for you at…
Rawhide, Rawhide Man
Rawhide Man
Pedro Slim, Rogelio
Rogelio
Slim, Cantorrin
Cantorrín
Tomata du Plenty, Sex Worker Series
Sex Worker Series
Tomata du Plenty, Golden Boy, Bubba, and Scooter
Golden Boy, Bubba, and Scooter (Sex Worker Series)
Tomata du Plenty, Self Portrait with John
Self Portrait with John (Sex Worker Series)
Tomata du Plenty, Untitled
Untitled (Sex Worker Series)
Tomata du Plenty, Pimp, Shannon, Tiffany, and Alice
Pimp, Shannon, Tiffany, and Alice (Sex Worker Series)
Joe Parker, Panty Painting
Panty Painting
John S. Barrington, Sketch of Two Men
Sketch of Two Men
John S. Barrington, Tintype
Untitled (Nude Man)
John S. Barrington, Gavin
Gavin
John S. Barrington, Peter Rann
Peter Rann
John S. Barrington, Seated Man
Seated Man
Tommy Valette, The Stripper
The Stripper
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One Day This Kid...)
Untitled (One Day This Kid. . .)
David Wojnarowicz, Between C and D, Poster
Untitled (Between C & D)
David Wojnarowicz, Memorial Flyer
Memorial Flyer
Mark Beard, Untitled (Aiden 11)
Untitled (Aiden 11)
Mark Beard, Aiden with an Ugly Fruit
Aiden with an Ugly Fruit
Larry Clark, Untitled (Hustler and Long Shadow)
Untitled (Hustler and Long Shadow)
Larry Clark, Chuck
Chuck
Larry Clark, Untitled (Hustlers' Handshake)
Untitled (Hustlers’ Handshake)
Larry Clark, Vinnie
Vinnie
Larry Clark, Untitled (Hustler with Cigarette in Hand and Mouth)
Untitled (Hustler with Cigarette in Hand and Mouth)
Larry Clark, Untitled (Hustler in Front of Gate)
Untitled (Hustler in Front of Gate)
Larry Clark, Bobby
Bobby
Master Rick's Collection of Whips and Paddles
Master Rick’s Collection of Whips and Paddles (#1)
Master Rick's Collection of Whips and Paddles
Master Rick’s Collection of Whips and Paddles (#2)
Master Rick's Collection of Whips and Paddles
Master Rick’s Collection of Whips and Paddles (#3)
Master Rick's Collection of Whips and Paddles
Master Rick’s Collection of Whips and Paddles (#4)
Master Rick's Collection of Whips and Paddles
Master Rick’s Collection of Whips and Paddles (#5)
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the Late 20th Century, Installation Image I
Installation Image I
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the Late 20th Century, Installation Image II
Installation Image II
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the Late 20th Century, Installation Image III
Installation Image III
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the Late 20th Century, Installation Image IV
Installation Image IV
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the Late 20th Century, Installation Image V
Installation Image V
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the Late 20th Century, Installation Image VI
Installation Image VI
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the Late 20th Century, Installation Image VII
Installation Image VII

August 2 – September 22, 2018

Opening reception:
Thursday, August 2, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Curated by Greg Ellis and Brian Paul Clamp

ClampArt and Ward 5B are proud to present “Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work in the Late 20th Century.” The exhibition explores a little known history at the crossroads of the sexual underground and popular culture. The show is organized to coincide with “David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and includes work by David Wojnarowicz, along with John Barrington, Mark Beard, Kenny Burgess, Larry Clark, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Fred Halsted, Peter Hujar, Mark Morrisroe, Joe Parker, Tomata du Plenty, Bill Rice, John Sex, Jane Sherry, Pedro Slim, Samuel Steward, and Tommy Vallette, as well as a rich array of related ephemera.

Propelled by the sexual revolution of the 1960s, as well as women’s and gay liberation movements, the boundaries of sexual expression were challenged in the late 20th century. Over the course of several decades constrictive conventions were largely rejected on moral battlefields and ultimately expanded. Many artists found not only employment in the adult entertainment industry, but utilized the social, psychological, and political upheaval of this tectonic shift in their artwork. With sex work often informing personal iconographies, artists such as David Wojnarowicz and Mark Morrisroe drew on their traumatic early histories in hustling on the streets to create bodies of work that reflected their personal experiences as child sex laborers. Other artists, such as Tomata du Plenty and Larry Clark, documented their friends, lovers, and multiple acquaintances that were involved in the sex trade. In addition, groundbreaking exhibitions such as the Times Square Show in June 1980 were held in massage parlors, go-go bars, pornographic theaters, and strip clubs. The art, ephemera, and artifacts presented in “Rough Trade: Art & Sex Work in the Late 20th Century” offer a glimpse into a hidden history where prostitution, stripping, and pornography played key roles in the struggle for sexual expression and artistic freedom.

As Jean Genet, hustler, heretic, and author, wrote: “She was happy, and perfectly in line with the tradition of those women they used to call ‘ruined,’ ‘fallen,’ feckless, bitches in heat, ravished dolls, sweet sluts, instant princesses, hot numbers, great lays, succulent morsels, everybody’s darlings… .”

Ward 5B is an archival and curatorial service specializing in late 20th-century urban ephemera and art, with a focus on punk aesthetic, radical spaces, performance art, drag, experimental theatre, camp, queercore, and guerrilla/street art projects.

For more information and images please contact Brian Paul Clamp, Director, or see www.clampart.com.

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