The labor issues faced by strip club entertainers—job insecurity, harassment, discrimination, and wage theft—are now being regularly covered in mainstream press, yet the entertainers’ own suggestions for addressing these issues are notably elided. During her residency at the Target Studio last year, Monica Sheets established The Feminist Strip Club: a collective of current and former entertainers who examine attitudes toward erotic dance and its intersection with larger ambivalences toward “women’s work” and transactional exchange in emotional and intimate labor. This…
Last year, Monica Sheets initiated The Feminist Strip Club: a collective of entertainers who examine attitudes toward erotic dance, ambivalence about women’s work, and transactional exchanges in emotional labor and intimacy. This spring, the collective will develop the second issue of The GRIND magazine, which showcases the entertainers’ experiences and visions for the future of stripping. The launch will take place at the museum on May 6.
The Feminist Strip Club will have an installation on view in the Target Studio from April 11 – May 10, 2020, which further explores these themes.
Image: A scene from Sheets’s May 2019 installation. Photograph by Boris Oicherman.