One of the most anticipated events from A Year of Yes, The Brooklyn Museum’s yearlong series focused on feminist art, is the Iggy Pop Life Class exhibition. In collaboration with artist Jeremy Deller, the infamous Stooges frontman posed nude for 21 hand-selected artists to capture at the New York Academy of Art. The images will be presented at the museum from November 4 through March 26, alongside other depictions of the male body to examine masculinity.
Just one in a series of exhibitions exploring feminism and its effects on culture, Iggy Pop Life Class reconsiders the male gaze by presenting the nude male body in the same way women have been depicted for centuries in art. A sex symbol in his own right, Iggy Pop serves as both a representation of classic masculinity and one that challenges it. He destroyed notions of cock rock manliness through his homoerotic dance moves, sensual lyrics and androgynous dress, allowing the exhibition to explore ways in which Iggy exemplifies a culture of toxic masculinity, while also perverting traditional gender roles.
“Iggy Pop has one of the most recognizable bodies in popular culture,” says Deller. “A body that is key to an understanding of rock music, and that has been paraded, celebrated, and scrutinized through the years in a way that is unusual for a man.”
The drawings—107 total—will be collected in a book, also titled Iggy Pop Life Class, out October 20 via HENI Publishing, and will feature candid photos from the intimate sessions, as well as an interview with Iggy, himself. You can preview some of the images ahead the exhibition, above.