When the Vietnam War was raging, American hippies tried to defeat the military-industrial complex through free love, random nudity, and countercultural agitprop. Although those longhairs lost the battle, that doesnt mean their master strategy was totally bunk. Maybe its time we retest the battle-readiness of boobs.
Running until August 31 at the World Erotic Art Museum, Rosemarie Romeros Sexual War Politics pulls the hippie trick, protesting the American wars in the Middle East by any means necessary, AKA political porno photomontage. Basically, Romero clips golden-era 60s pinups from sources such as Playboy or vapid fashion shots from Vogue and then layers and loads these eroticized tableaux with bomb bursts, bloated corpses, and battle scenes. The result: intriguing visual studies that the Pentagon will never see.
Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11-midnight. Starts: Aug. 4. Continues through Aug. 31, 2010