Antwerp, Belgium

View of “Glory Hole,” 2013.

View of “Glory Hole,” 2013.

“Glory Hole”

LLS 387 Ruimte Voor Actuele Kunst

View of “Glory Hole,” 2013.

As a critic, I am normally hesitant to use such words as memorable or exceptional, but when I visited the alternative art venue LLS 387 Ruimte voor Actuele Kunst to see the exhibition “Glory Hole,” these were exactly the words that came to mind. Before visiting, I was skeptical of the show’s premise: The space would supposedly be transformed into a “darkroom”—here the term refers not to a place where film is developed, but a room, like those sometimes found in gay bars or movie theaters, where customers can go to have sex. It seemed like there was a good chance the show would turn out to be nothing more than a tacky gimmick. On the other hand, the inclusion of artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Elmgreen & Dragset, Zoe Leonard, Robert Gober, and even Auguste Rodin suggested a more serious purpose, as did an ambitious program of film screenings, performances, and public talks.

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