Critic Jillian Steinhauer hosts a Valentine’s Day–themed installment of our ongoing series Optics: A New Way of Seeing Contemporary Culture. From cyborg erotics to reality TV, this interactive evening explores the visual culture of modern love.

Visual artist Amy Beecher will start the evening reading XX OO OK, a poem/object/performance from Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful Rose, an interdisciplinary project that examines the look, language, and gestures of The Bachelor. Following the reading, Fei Liu—designer, artist, and creator of a radical cyborg-erotica performance, Build the Love You Deserve—and Moira Weigel—academic, critic, essayist, and author of Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating—join Steinhauer and Beecher on the ICP Museum stage.

Join us at Visions of Love to explore art, photography, and media at the intersection of love, sex, feminism, and pop culture.

This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to the best seats at our public programs in our reserved members’ section.


Amy Beecher is an artist living between New York and Southern Vermont. Her work—painting, sculpture, installation, performance, ephemera, and more—has been presented in art centers and galleries nationally. She has been a fellow in interdisciplinary art at the Macdowell Colony, Peterborough, NH and an artist-in-residence at the New Art Center, Newton, MA; the Shandaken Project, Shandaken, NY; and the Digital Media Center for Art at Yale University, New Haven, CT. She holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BA in visual art from Brown University. She has been a faculty member at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, VT since 2017. Her podcast, recently featured as a daily broadcast for Untitled Radio at Untitled, San Francisco, is the Amy Beecher Show.

Fei Liu is a New York City–based designer, artist, and writer exploring digital intimacy and the narrative potential of interfaces. She is a part-time professor in Parsons’ MFA Design and Technology program and a podcaster and DJ at DIY artist-run space Silent Barn in Bushwick. Past residencies include Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, New Museum's NEW INC, and New Museum's IdeasCity in Athens, Greece.

Jillian Steinhauer is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. She won the 2014 Best Art Reporting Award from the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critics for her work at Hyperallergic, where she was formerly the senior editor. Her writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the New Republic, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She writes mainly about art and politics, but also sometimes about cats. An essay by her was commissioned for the book Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong, published by Coffee House Press in 2015.

Moira Weigel is a writer and scholar, currently at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She received her PhD in comparative literature and media studies from Yale University in 2017. Broadly, Weigel is interested in the social and cultural life of technology and how technological and economic transformations change our brains, bodies, and relationships. Her first book, Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating, was published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux in 2016.

TOP IMAGE: Weegee, [Woman and man kissing at movies, New York], ca. 1943. © Weegee/International Center of Photography