It is now the flagship program of the nonprofit Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. The Festival supports a vibrant creative community, promotes freedom of expression , and fosters sex-positive culture through public celebration of the arts. It is an annual weekend-long event, and showcases erotic art in diverse media including painting , photography , sculpture , film , literature , and interactive installations. A wide range of performance art is also represented, including burlesque , ballroom dance , circus arts , and live music. The Festival also features an expansive store which sells original works, prints, oddities, collectibles and related merchandise from contributing artists. Art in the Festival is intended to celebrate the entire gamut of erotic expression, including surrealist imagery , gender politics , homoeroticism , and BDSM , among many others. The theme for the event was " Red light district " and was expected to draw thousands of patrons. It opened the Cabinet of Curiosities , showcasing visual , performance and literary art , interactive installations, film, after parties, workshops, and a museum-quality Festival Store. Creative inspiration was drawn from 17th century Europe , when the wealthy and the well-traveled collected beautiful, grotesque and obscure things into encyclopedic collections known as " cabinets of curiosities. Festival jurors and curators selected a variety of art from over 1, entries submitted by more than artists.
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By the early 90s, American society had inched toward sex positivity, but a gallery filled with erotic paintings, BDSM photography, and nude performance art, was still racy. Though Cantor succumbed to cancer in , robbing the world of a visionary artist and advocate, the work of the women she helped put on the map is more relevant than ever. In addition to its groundbreaking display of female sensuality, the original show was one of the first group surveys of feminist art. The breadth of pioneering women was staggering, spanning the late 60s through early 90s. For the rendition of the show, curators Pati Hertling and Julie Tolentino managed to recover work by every single artist featured in the original exhibition. Women can be very collaborative in that way, I feel. Which is really nice. When Cantor united her idols and peers for Coming to Power , the canon of sexually explicit work by women was young yet powerful. The show paid homage to an older generation of artists, who fought in the 60s and 70s to reclaim erotica from the male gaze, and a younger generation that was creating art intended to incite sexual excitement. According to Tolentino, a lot of the women worked in isolation, chipping away at misogyny on parallel paths.
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The Seattle Erotic Art Festival facilitates many unique platforms for performance art, from grand mainstage performances to smaller, more intimate showcases which blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Courtnee Papasthatis, Performance Director. Courtnee Papastathis is pleased to celebrate her third year as a director for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, previously serving as Director of Aerial Performance in and Performance Director in Jesse Belle-Jones , Performance Curator.
Hello Artists, Performers, Writers, Creators! The hard decisions have been made, the votes have been tallied, and the accepted art for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival has been chosen! Two days left, darlings! Two days! Come on down to the Seattle Center, darlings, and let us entertain you! Come be delighted by our performance artists! In the evenings, when the lights go down, all eyes turn to the main stage. This year we are delighted to present four showcases assembled by our guest curators, with so many fabulous performers that we had to break them up into two nights! The Seattle Erotic Art Festival is known for presenting a variety of art, not simply on our walls but also on our stages.