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Portia Munson

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Portia Munson remains best known for Pink Project Table, 1994–96, an installation that appeared in the controversially titled “Bad Girls,” a 1994 exhibition of feminist art curated by the late Marcia Tucker at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Marcia Tanner at UCLA’s Wight Gallery. Munson’s work, which greeted visitors at the entrance to the New Museum’s portion of the show, took the shape of a table crammed with found objects, most of them plastic, all of them pink: hairbrushes, mirrors, curlers, wigs, toys, toilet brushes, ice cube trays, dolls, and other domestic items, the composition looking like a collection of evidence or a meth addict’s late-night project.

But from the looks of her recent show, Munson is now neither a “bad girl” nor particularly interested in gender politics. Instead, she seems to have crossed over to a more docile domesticity, embracing emblems that are more

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