Best NSFW Exhibition

"Morning Prayer," Shannon Lucy

Women are so often defined by their bodies, and plenty of male artists have framed the female form on their canvases and through their lenses. But women artists have made bodies the sites of political and subversive acts. They’ve embraced fetishization. They’ve enacted rituals and cast spells. The Scene’s arts editor and longtime critic Laura Hutson Hunter has spent nearly a decade training her eye on the city’s visual art scene. When she proposed curating an exhibition series, we knew it would be good. Adult Contemporary kicked off in February with Nerve: The Female Body in Women’s Art, hosted by the then-Germantown-based company Wilder. Nerve included work by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Elizabeth Glaessner, Shannon Cartier Lucy, Karen Seapker, WIFE and others in a bold, refreshing array of paintings, photographs and videos. ERICA CICCARONE

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