One of the most amazing things about Portland is our love of art and all things creative. In our non-monogamous lifestyle we combine our love of art, along with our love of sex, and we have several venues that host erotic art galleries. The following is a listing of those places, information about their galleries, and when and how you can view them. We will also talk a bit about the artists who are featured there when that information is available.
Gallery Privata is well known for all things stylish and posh, but their Art Gallery is one of the featured aspects of the establishment. On Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 Gallery Privata will be celebrating an opening of the artistry of their featured artist.
The son of a theater director in the Seattle, Johnny would often accompany his father to New York, and on those trips he saw his future, headphones on, walking for hours talking in the drama that was nothing like back home. Eventually attending NYU for dramatic writing at the Tisch School of the Arts and working as his father’s assistant on Broadway. The need to form a singular identity for himself away from the stage, led him to a life working as a chef in a restaurant kitchens from Brooklyn to San Francisco, over the next dozen years. It wouldn’t be until his late 30’s that Johnny found his way to a camera and the general studies program at ICP in Manhattan. In recent months Johnny has relocated back to the Pacific Northwest, this time to Portland, and has begun to explore alternative process image making.
Johnny Sullivan: Black and White Nudes, 2018-19
I wanted this show at Club Privata to be a selection of my more intimate images from over the last year, but to be inclusive; that anyone might be as drawn in as I was. Some skirt around or include the idea of sexuality and beauty, and even voyeurism and nostalgia, but at their core, these photos contemplate intimacy. Black and white film is a great vehicle for it’s distillative qualities, the way it can quiet the mind and clarify a scene for us, but it’s also sensual, and as we do not see in black and white, it leaves some doors open to our imaginations.
Club Privata will be hosting a Public art opening of the artist’s work, with no door fee and no membership requirement, from 6-8pm on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019. Come view the art, talk with the artists, and sample some of the tasty beverages from local breweries, wineries, and distillers.
824 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR
Thurs – 8pm-2am
Fri and Sat – 9pm-4am
Misdemeanor Meadows is a revamp of an old dive bar; in essence it is a new old dive bar, but without video poker, TV’s or Budweiser, and hicks, hate, racism, or any of the proverbial bullshit. It is a revision of an old bar in a changing neighborhood of what was once known as “Felony Flats” – a play on the name, Misdemeanor Meadows is a husband/wife owned punk rock, art bar which features live bands, pinball machines, a full bar (and menu), and an open sex-positive atmosphere from a growing and very diverse clientele that have recently inhabited the quaint Southeast Portland neighborhood. They recently celebrated their first year of being open for business. The art in the bar is curated by artist and friend Chris Haberman, who grew up in the neighborhood, and the bar has a strict no censorship policy for all activity, including art that happens in the bar.
Chris Haberman Galleries and Chris Haberman Presents (CHP)
Chris Haberman Presents has been active since 2007, led by artist, creator, curator, and arts advocate, Chris Haberman. An active artist for the last 12 years in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Haberman has shown his own art in hundreds of venues locally and nationally. He began curating and setting up exhibitions as an organic process of showing other artists’ works and creating relationships with regional artists. He helped found Pioneer Mall Galleries and Peoples Art of Portland (2009-2016) and The Big 500 Art Show (2008-Present), which has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat” and he has worked as art consultant and set decorator for TV show Portlandia (Season 2-5).
“Hips Lips Tits Dicks…Power”
A group art show featuring 40 local artists from the Portland Metro area. This unique show celebrates all forms of nudity, as a group homage to the beauty of the human body, in all its capacities. This sex positive art show came about after many requests for “more nudity” and “hardcore” art was asked about in the bar, and then they discussed the Emma Goldman (quote below) and the 90s Pigface song, “Hips Tits Lips Power” – covered by many feminist bands, and it became the title of the show, (but we wanted to be fair and add Dicks). Yeah!
“Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root.” —Emma Goldman, author (Love and Marriage, 1914)
“Hips, tits, lips, power…/I don’t want to go to China/I don’t want to fall in love/Let me give you broken pieces/Hand in glove…/Valentine, twisted, tied/Seeded, valentine/Twisted, broken pieces…/Power, I need it every hour…/Hips, tits, lips, power.” —Pigface (the band), Fook (1992)
Show Runs: April 8 – May 20
6920 SE 52nd
Portland, OR 97206
We want to promote ALL erotic art First Thursday shows. If you are a curator for an Erotic Art Gallery and wish to have your Art Show featured in our monthly article, you’re invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.