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Vivienne Dick, b.1950

Liberty’s Booty1980

Liberty’s Booty (1980) uses a matter-of-fact view of middle-class, white prostitution as both a work of sexual demystification and an ironic exposition of American ‘permissiveness’. Old rock anthems and memorabilia keep surfacing like reproachful shards of the sixties. Dick’s last film from her time in New York, Liberty’s Booty  explores ideas of power, womanhood, sexuality and identity. In the film, Dick draws a parallel between prostitution and the desire for success so prevalent in American culture. Candid shots in a brothel in NY are interspersed with imagery of the pope’s visit to Ireland and footage of the characters in NY roaming in the Irish landscape. 

Text source: https://www.luxonline.org.uk/artists/vivienne_dick/libertys_booty.html

MediumColour, sound
DimensionsDuration: 47min.36 sec.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4194
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Vivienne Dick, Liberty’s Booty, 1980, Colour, sound, Duration: 47min.36 sec., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020, 2020

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About the Artist

Vivienne Dick b.1950

Vivienne Dick is a celebrated filmmaker and artist. She began making Super 8 films while living in New York in the late seventies. Dick was a key figure within ‘No Wave’, a short-lived avant-garde scene in the late 1970s in New York led by a collective of musicians, filmmakers and artists including Nan Goldin, Lydia Lunch, Arto Lindsay, James Chance and many others. Her work is marked by an interest in urban street life, social and sexual politics, and the history of ideas.
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