new-york

“Bathroom”

Thomas Healy Gallery

It’s almost certain that there’s never been a better overview of bathroom-related art than the 133 works by 82 artists and designers that writer Wayne Koestenbaum, who guest-curated the show, packed into this gallery. The exhibit felt like some kind of sideshow with an anthropological theme, a view of who we are as reflected by the attitudes we assume toward our bodily functions and the places we reserve to take care of them. It’s also part peepshow, a glimpse of the john as sexy or seedy, and it calls to mind all the things we’ve done in the only room we could lock as children. And then there’s also something of the trade show in the plumbing paraphernalia on display, including an elegant variety of ceramic Lady Js, which allow women to micturate while standing, by Kim Dickey, along with photos of them in use; there’s also Yolande DanielsFemme Pissoire, 1997, a prototype standing urinal

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