Um … ok … so there’s a new art exhibit on display in a San Francisco, CA gallery called Modernism that is titled Hunted and Gathered (July 9 – August 29) which features “anonymous photos” from the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson. Among the photographs on display in this exhibit is a photo of baseball great (who was briefly married to the iconic Marilyn Monroe) Joe DiMaggio in all his glory … or lack thereof. That’s right folks, you can make your way to the Modernism gallery and feast your eyes on a photo of Joltin’ Joe and his private biz … or you can just click below and see it for yourselves right here:
Oh, the creepy media are at it again, opening yet another pop superstar’s private life to public inspection. This time the person exposed is San Francisco’s greatest baseball player. No, not The Freak. And not Barry Bonds, nor Willie Mays. It’s Joe DiMaggio. But it turns out the exposure is in the name of art, not titillation and trashification. A full-frontal nude photograph of Joltin’ Joe hangs in the gallery Modernism (685 Market St., Suite 290, through Aug. 29). The exhibit is “Hunted and Gathered,” anonymous photos from the collection of Robert Flynn Johnson, curator emeritus of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The photo shows DiMaggio in a postgame shower, wearing a happy grin. It’s early in Joe’s career, circa 1940. From the neck down it is Michelangelo’s statue of David. Neck up, it’s Huck Finn with a goofy smile. Asked how he obtained the photo, Johnson joked, “I have friends in low places.” DiMag would be appalled. He was a private and guarded fellow with a carefully cultivated image of cool sophistication, a hermit prince. This photo is fascinating because it is Joe’s alter ego. “Celebrities have a mask,” Johnson said, “and when you pull out a camera, they put on the mask. Here you see Joe as a kid, with a slightly goofy grin. As he gets older he takes on a more severe, distinguished look. (The photo) is a kid, showing joy, and his guard’s down.” Added Johnson, “It’s a Rorschach test for people’s perceptions. Some will only see a Joe DiMaggio, see only frontal nudity. To others, you or I, this is an athlete in his prime, showing happiness, and it’s as simple as that. … I don’t find it titillating at all, it’s a marvelous photo.” A photo of DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe on the verge of a kiss sold for $2,250. The nude Joe is not for sale. “It’s too interesting a photo,” Johnson says.
Nor do I find this photo “titillating” … but, I must agree, it’s “too interesting a photo” not to want to share. If any of y’all are interested in checking out the full-size, uncensored NSFW image then check it out after the jump …
I’m gonna just assume that the shower that Joltin’ Joe is enjoying here is a very cold one. The mind boggles at just how many of these nekkid pics exist of celebs from waaaaay back in the day. Perhaps we’ll be privy to those photos in future art exhibits like this one? We can only hope. So … about Joe here … thoughts, musings, comments?