"Altered Gazes" at the Schlesinger Library


Mon - Fri, Oct 2 to Jan 19, 9:00pm - 5:00pm


Schlesinger Library, 3 James St

Presented by: Radcliffe Institue for Advanced Study
Admission: Free and open to the public
Library hours: 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Saturday
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Presented as a companion to Houghton Library’s concurrent exhibition, "Altered States," "Altered Gazes: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll" reframes past and present countercultures by highlighting women’s participation and responses. The works presented in "Altered Gazes" offer a response both to mainstream society and to male-dominated countercultural spaces in which they were created. Through a variety of materials such as zines, comics, marijuana cookbooks, musical recordings, and sexually explicit magazines and films, women repurpose the styles and subjects of popular culture to express themselves, to comment on gender roles, and to educate their own communities. Although underground comics, X-rated publications, and popular music have often objectified and marginalized female participants, this exhibition highlights instances where women take charge of the gaze, creating culture instead of merely consuming it.