Pantyhose Videos — hosedlegs: Vanessa Beecroft
At the Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 models stood for a period of two-and-a-half hours for each performance; positioned by Beecroft and following rules of deportment, they conformed to an overall configuration. Drawing from the iconography of fashion, film and painting, they became a collective portrait of idealised femininity and desire within a consumer culture. In Sydney, the performers were recruited from surf and lifesaving clubs as well as modelling agencies. Beecroft worked closely with the staff of the Museum of Contemporary Art to select the models and wardrobe. They were dressed in red stockings, provided by Wolford, worn with flesh-toned bras and red Prada heels. One of the models wore heels only, standing nude in the centre of the group. Beecroft positioned the models symmetrically along the marble squares on the MCA floor.
Vanessa Beecroft b. Beecroft came to international attention in the early 90's through her works that presented groups of nearly naked women on display in museum settings. Simultaneously conceptual and confrontational the performances raised potent questions about the female form in Art History, the "gaze", objectification and voyeurism.
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