Pierre Molinier

Main Gallery Jul 25–Sep 20, 1998

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Pierre Molinier
Jul 25–Sep 20, 1998





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Pierre Molinier, 1998, Installation view (detail)

French artist Pierre Molinier (1900-1976) left behind an extensive collection of photographs, paintings, fetish items, and correspondence that illuminates his two-decade artistic pursuit: the conceptual and pictorial transformation of his own recognizably male body into that of a hermaphrodite. This exhibition of eighty photographs traced Molinier’s obsessive investigation of fetishism and transvestitism. The small and darkly seductive photographs revealed the unique vision that has inspired many body/performance artists and photographers since the early 1970s, when his work first received critical recognition. This exhibition was organized by Wayne Baerwaldt of Plug In Inc., a nonprofit center for contemporary art in Winnipeg, Canada, and was accompanied by an illustrated catalog.