Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz claimed she was raped on campus.
She then carried a mattress around campus for months for what she claimed was a protest of Columbia University’s failure to punish her rapist.
Emma Sulkowicz carried a mattress around campus after she said she was raped.
But, it was all a lie.
It never happened.
Evidence revealed she made it all up.
But, the truth did not keep Sulkowicz from dropping her narrative – or her mattress.
Last May Sulkowicz told reporters she was hoping to cash in on the mattress.
And now she will…
Emma Sulkowicz will perform with her mattress on a platform at the Coagula Curatorial Gallery in Los Angeles. Emma will continue the performance for the first three weeks of the opening. She will even answer questions – except for the questions that objectify or fetishize her. Those naughty questions you can ask her life-sized replica at the gallery.
This ought to be very popular.
Maybe Paul Nungesser will show up?
Emma Sulkowicz, Self-Portrait
February 27 – April 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 7 – 11pm
Coagula Curatorial presents SELF-PORTRAIT, the first solo show by New York based artist EMMA SULKOWICZ. SELF-PORTRAIT as an exhibit is a live investigation of identity as performance. It pushes the limits and meaning of the self-portrait as a contemporary concept. EMMA SULKOWICZ will present “Performance With Object” that will commence Saturday February 27 and will be performed during regular gallery hours for the following three weeks of the exhibit until on March 13, 2016.
Artist EMMA SULKOWICZ, who recently graduated from Columbia University, became known for the torrential media coverage of her 2014 artwork Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight). The Wikipedia page written about the work explains: “…Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) was conducted as her senior thesis during the final year of her visual arts degree at Columbia University in New York City. Begun in September 2014, the piece involved her carrying a 50-lb mattress – of the kind Columbia uses in its dorms – wherever she went on campus. She said the piece would end when a student she alleged had raped her in her dorm room in 2012 was expelled from or otherwise left the university. Sulkowicz carried the mattress until May 2015 when both students graduated. Several women helped her carry it to the graduation ceremony.”
EMMA SULKOWICZ, 23, will show two new works in this exhibit. The first is Self-Portrait (Performance with Object) a durational performance, in the gallery. The artist will be on a platform in the gallery during regular gallery hours for the first three weeks of the show. Participants are invited to interact with Sulkowicz. They can speak with her about anything. However, questions that objectify or fetishize her can be addressed to Emmatron. Emmatron is a life-sized ultra-realistic replica of Sulkowicz. On another set of sculptural platforms, viewers can interact with Emmatron through an app, which is programmed to enable the replica to answer a series of pre-set questions that the artist is no longer willing to answer.
Also in the show is In-Action Figure: a 3D-printed replica of Sulkowicz (edition of 20). Inspired by Sulkowicz’s experience with the media, In-Action Figure reflects the widespread commodification and flattening of her image in the news and on the internet.