Desireé Moore @ Tempus Projects

Cunsthaus is proud to present Bare Your Teeth, a site-specific installation by multidisciplinary artist Desireé


November 18, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Tempus Projects / Cunsthaus, Tampa

Working primarily in film and video, Moore (b. 1986, Indianapolis; lives in St. Petersburg, FL) explores the social complexities of gender, and specifically the cultural norms assigned to women and girls. She states, “Bare Your Teeth isolates moments of gesture to consider the feminine experience within culturally accepted sexism and harassment. In some ways, these tactics have been perpetuated into normalcy, a convenient disguise protected by civility. Benevolence is not a shield, and ignorance is not acceptable.” These issues are timely, as women continue to step forward publicly with stories of sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood and the art world. The harassment is not new, but the widespread public acknowledgment of it is.


Renowned author Margaret Atwood has stated,

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

Through video and sculpture, Bare Your Teeth examines the power dynamics at work in women’s laughter and smiles, and the ways that the smallest gestures by a woman become sexualized.

Moore earnerd her MFA in 2013 from the University of South Florida and her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Her video projects have been screened in group exhibitions across the country, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota as part of the three-venue Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration. Moore is the recipient of a 2017 Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant.

About Cunsthaus:
Cunsthaus was established in the spring of 2016 by fourteen women in the Tampa Bay Area with practices in education, visual art, music, curation, and writing. Sited next to artist-run gallery space Tempus Projects, established in 2009, Cunsthaus is further developing the Seminole Heights neighborhood as an arts destination. Offering unique exhibitions and events spanning a range of media and a varied survey of artists, Cunsthaus’ primary mission is to create a space for artistic expression, dialogue and reflection contributing to the arts community within the local neighborhood of Seminole Heights and the Tampa Bay region.

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Tempus Projects / Cunsthaus
4634 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603