Breast Cancer Survivor Curates Breast-Themed Art Show in LA

Thanks for the Mammaries, Bettina Hubby's special group exhibition at ForYourArt. Courtesy of Facebook.

When Los Angeles-based artist Bettina Hubby was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer last January, she was struck by the responses from her friends and family. “They all reacted with panic and fear and sadness,” she told New York magazine. But Hubby wanted to cultivate a recovery environment that would be more positive and less depressing. The night before her mastectomy, she created a Facebook event called “Thanks for the Mammaries,” and invited friends to post “jokes, pictures, and boobs.” She received dozens of responses, and it dawned on her that the best way to approach the situation was from a place of humor.

Upon seeing the massive response her Facebook event sparked, she decided to curate a “Thanks for the Mammaries” art show, which opened last week at ForYourArt in Los Angeles. The exhibition features over 100 works that depict and celebrate breasts, and a portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Cancer Support Community — Benjamin Center.

The exhibition features a 35-foot-long silk print out of Hubby’s original Facebook wall, along with lighthearted pieces that range from Amy Russel’s knit Boob Hat to Brianne Latthitham’s photograph Boobly A, which shows a large pair of googly eyes held over a woman’s breasts. In keeping with the celebratory spirit of the show, several guests at the opening went topless for the occasion.

Thanks for the Mammaries: Uniting With Breast Intentions” is on view at ForYourArt in Los Angeles until August 17.

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