GENUS SORORUM at THE LIVING GALLERY – A witch is born out of the true hungers of her time. ~ Ray Bradbury


Édouard Goerg, né à Sydney (Australie) 1893 -l 1969
“Witches” circa 1930



JUNE 22, 23, 24 2018 opening reception  June 22, 6 – 10pm


co-presented with Lexiconmag

Stephen Romano Gallery is pleased to present “GENUS SORORUM” in association with The Living Gallery Outpost in New York’s Lower East Side, an exhibition of images and works by artists which deal with themes of witchcraft, magic, esoterica, alchemy, spells, conjuring, divination, incantation, necromancy, occultism, theosophy, prophecy, soothsaying, sorcery, thaumaturgy, voodoo, abracadabra and hocus-pocus, all for the purpose of opening your third eye.

All of the living artists in the exhibition are women. Any other objects or ephemera are by deceased or unknown makers who are presumed deceased.

Hans Baldung Grien “The Witches Sabbath” date unknown

“I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. And a wizard, which is a male version of a witch, is kind of revered, and people respect wizards. But a witch, my god, we have to burn them. It’s the male chauvinistic society that we’re living in for the longest time, 3,000 years or whatever. And so I just wanted to point out the fact that men and women are magical beings. We are very blessed that way, so I’m just bringing that out. Don’t be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical power.” Yoko Ono.

Alexis Palmer Karl

Excerpted from Les Diableries Érotiques, 1920 edition.

Gemma Gary photographed by Jane Cox.

Participating artist Alexis Palmer Karl said of the exhibition “There are works, that when shown together, become a living breathing entity: the parts of the whole corresponding in form and spirit with one another. This is so with Genus Sorurum, where the thirteen artists define all that it means to exist in this world as a woman; illustrating the passage of life itself, from the geometric perfection of our very beginnings, to the stark resonance of our impending mortality. The artists illustrate the passage of time and ultimate magic of existence. The works are spells, sacred and shamanic in their feminine presence, while effectively drawing forth each artist into the realm of the immortal as they persistently echo into our future…calling. “Look! I am here!”

The exhibition opens Friday June 22 from 6pm – 10pm and continues from 12 noon – 9pm Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 2018.

Artists and objects include:

The illustrious art of French artist Cendrine Rovini

Excerpted from Les Diableries Lithographique, 1823 edition.

Indonesian self taught artist Erna Kd

Excerpted from “Vol 2 – Das Kloster” , 1845 published by Johanas Scheible

Gemma Gary



Unknown Photographer, circa 1930’s, American.

“ZILLAH IN THE SECRET CHAMBER”, published in “Harper’s Weekly” December 1868.

Creature drawings by Gigi Spratley.

William Hope, Spirit Photograph, circa 1920.

India Evans. A recent feature on the artist at can be found here.

Vintage 1960’s Japanese photograph

German photographic artist Jaya Suberg

Oregon self taught visionary artist Kim Bo Yung

Darcilio Lia (1944 – 1991

Unknown Photographer, circa 1940’s.

Lori Field

Brazilian occult artist Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos.

Excerpt from “Faust’s Magia Naturalis” by Karl Kohl, 1849, published by Johanas Scheible.

William Mortensen “The Witch” circa 1926. exhibited for the first time ever.

Unknown Photographer, circa 1940’s.

The late Olga Frobe Kapteyn (1881 – 1962)

Unknown photographer, Witch photo, late 1800’s, American.

Unknown maker(s), Purported Magic Poppet dolls circa 1920’s, found in California.

Theodule Ribot (1823 – 1891) “The Witches” circa 1935

Jack Edwards, Portrait of Silver Belle, Ephrata Pennsylvania 1940’s



Tiffany Hsiang

Tiffany Hsiang

Tine Kindermann

ULTRA VIOLET (Isabelle Dufresne) 1935 – 2014 Original Lobby card from the film “Simon King of the Witches” 1971.

“VENUS Of DETROIT” Fertility Figure, mid 20th century, found in Detroit.