Works by two prominent and mutually admiring figures of 19th-century gay culture—the Irish writer, Oscar Wilde (1854-1909), and the German photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931)—are brought together in a show that meditates upon the intersection of homoeroticism, classical antiquity and the desire for eternal youth. Von Gloeden’s pastoral nudes of young men scantily accessorized with Greco-Roman motifs (laurel wreathes, togas, amphorae), taken during the artist’s 1877 sojourn to Sicily, are presented alongside a copy of Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which the titular gentleman, in a sort of deal with the devil, remains forever young while his portrait ages in his stead.
|Venue name:||Shin Gallery||Contact:|
322 Grand St
|Cross street:||at Orchard St|
|Opening hours:||Wed–Sun 10:30am–6:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts; F to Delancey St|