Hannah Wilke1940-1993

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA

$12,500 toward the acquisition of the 1974 photograph S.O.S. – Starification Object Series (guns) for the museum’s permanent collection, overseen by museum curator Carol S. Eliel. A New York-based artist, Wilke created highly personal photographic self-portraits that explore issues of feminism, voyeurism and the ramifications of disease. Touching on these issues, the images in S.O.S.-Starification Object Series depict Wilke in stereotypical female poses, “scarred” by vaginally-shaped pieces of masticated chewing gum.