Ukiah Morrison would be proud

Asheville has been flirting with nudity in its various forms for some time.
There was Ukiah Morrison’s thong-and-body-paint-clad campaign for mayor (prompting Rolling Stone, in 1998, to declare Asheville “America’s new freak capital”).

There are the annual clothing optional bike rides and occasional appearances by transgender PETA activist Kayla Rae who’d rather go naked than wear fur.

There have also been erotic art events, usually poetry or visual art, surrounding Valentine’s Day in ironic, edgy, film noir atmospheres promising cool high art rather than sweaty porn.

In the next bid for the not-so-crude nude event, Club Hairspray announces that it will kick off its Gallery Sundays on Oct. 8 with an erotic photography contest and student art film. The following week, Sunday, Oct. 14) features photographer Steven Ness whose work was published in the 2001 collection Naked Women. (For more on these exhibits, call 258-2027.)

Know of any similar events? Let us know.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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