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Beautiful Boy: Artist Lissa Rivera and Muse BJ Lillis in Dialogue


Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

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Lissa Rivera, Motel, Virginia. Image courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, NY
Lissa Rivera, Motel, Virginia. Image courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, NY



Beautiful Boy: Artist Lissa RIvera and Muse BJ Lillis in Dialogue

June 22, 2017, 6:30 - 8 PM

Mid-Manhattan Library, sixth floor

FREE - Elevators access the sixth floor at 6 PM.


Lissa Rivera (photographer and curator) and BJ Lillis (historian and museum professional) will discuss their project ‘Beautiful Boy.’ Rivera’s photographs of BJ, her romantic partner and muse, reference historical examples of gender construction in art. The techniques, fantasies and narratives of femininity are at once dissected and indulged. Their work is obsessive, decadent and unabashedly pleasurable. Rivera and Lillis will discuss the role of the artist in transcending identity categories and breaking down double standards, the boundaries between public and private expression, embracing fluid identities and recognizing that truth and fantasy do not have to be opposites.

Lissa Rivera: Beautiful Boy


June 1, 2017 – July 15, 2017

247 W 29th St, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10001


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