Looking for the right kind of art show to fill East Walnut Hills’ Manifest Gallery during the hot days and nights of August, chief curator Jason Franz has decided to go NUDE. This show, an addition to the planned original season of eight exhibitions, opened Friday and continues through Sept. 11.
Out of 600 submissions for NUDE, the jury narrowed the selections, and Franz ultimately selected 25 works to exhibit.
It is interesting that of these 25 nudes, almost half are depictions of men.
Being that Manifest is a gallery for the community; the curatorial staff has given some thought to the public’s perception of nudity. Franz chose the layout of NUDE based on what he felt was the best ordering of the work. Whether beautiful or confrontational, each nude found a place in the gallery and Franz says there was no self-censorship at play.
“Even though we feel like we have the right and the responsibility to show this work to the public, we wanted to be sensitive to the community,” he says. “We also want to challenge the community, so we’re tiptoeing the line.”
Read more about NUDE here.