Collection Artwork
John O'Reilly (born Orange, New Jersey, 1930)
Carpaccio/La Tour (Worcester Street Series #3, Somerset St)
Polaroid montage on 4-ply board
paper size: 18 1/2 x 20 7/8 in.
image size: 12 x 15 3/8 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
Signed and dated, lower right, in margin: O’REILLY 6/9/92
Artist annotations in margin around image and on mat board
Title inscribed in pencil, verso

Object Label

John O’Reilly’s collages explore human sexuality using a combination of found images from porn magazines, art books, and vintage coloring books as well as his own Polaroid images. Carpaccio/La Tour (Worcester Street Series #3, Somerset St) is from a series exploring the artist’s hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts. Here, a man having an erotic experience is pictured against a backdrop of trees and musicians. The trees appear phallic and the presence of the musicians conjures an imaginary soundtrack that elevates the sense of euphoria experienced by the figure in the foreground. The disembodied arm pleasuring the man disappears into the landscape, almost as if the landscape itself is engaging in a sexual act with him.
–Caroline Coxe ’20

From the exhibition: Lover Earth
Art and Ecosexuality (May 30 – August 23, 2020)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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