Back in September there was a little contest at a nightclub on the Strip titled Miss Butterface (“but her face”), which offered $5,000 to the woman who appeared physically perfect, except for her face. Dressed in bikinis and heels, four women paraded around with paper bags over their heads, hoping to get the prize that would be used for cosmetic surgery. When the winner was named, the announcement came delivered with this line from the MC: “Step up and show the world that ugly f******g face.”
Naturally, the event was repulsive to many, including artist Laurenn McCubbin, whose response to the contest is the group show Feminist/Las Vegas, which showcases a broader look at the women of Las Vegas than the images and scenarios marketing the city to the world.
The multi-discipline show, featuring local artists and writers, opens Friday with readings and performances designed to explore gender and sexuality and to portray life beyond the Strip and tourist industry.
“That isn’t who all of us are,” says McCubbin, who organized the show with Crystal Jackson, a PhD candidate in sociology at UNLV. “The experience of women in Las Vegas is greater than the Strip.”
The work in the exhibit, she says, reflects the diversity of our community.
Participating artists include Weekly contributor Danielle Kelly, Wendy Kveck, Nico Inman Holmes-Gull, Erin Stellmon, Justin Favela, Noelle Garcia and McCubbin. Readings will be by Kirsten Swenson, assistant professor in art history, and Dustin Wax, a women's studies professor.