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  • E.V. Day, Scarlet Aorta, 2002, red sequin dress with monofilament and turnbuckles, 115.2 x 108 x 114 in.

    E.V. Day

    Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
    Cornell University, 114 Central Avenue
    October 23 - January 9

    For her taut and tart sculptural work, E.V. Day has taken women’s undergarments off the body and into the realm of art. Stretching nylon and silk both physically and conceptually, she’s used thongs and G-strings to create formations suggestive of jet planes or birds, employed crotchless panties and chicken eggs in a reproductive allegory, and made her own version of Winged Victory from monofil-ament and a shredded red sequined dress. Do these works “suggest the possibility of an active female pleas-ure,” as the press release claims? Viewers can draw their own conclusion from a new commission and about fifteen works made since 1997. Wayne Koestenbaum contributes to the catalogue, which also features an interview between Day and curator Andrea Inselmann.