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Laugh And You Are Free: The Ridiculous Theater Of Jackie Curtis And Ethyl Eichelberger
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Laugh And You Are Free: The Ridiculous Theater Of Jackie Curtis And Ethyl Eichelberger

Finishing his manifesto with a rallying battle cry for the absurd or, as he describes, “instructions for use,” Theatre of the Ridiculous auteur Charles Ludlam writes, “This is farce not Sunday school. Illustrate hedonistic calculus. Test out a dangerous idea, a theme that threatens to destroy one’s whole value system. Treat the material in a … Continue reading

I Am A Photograph: Reviving The Liberatory Legacy Of The 1970s At Leslie-Lohman Museum
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I Am A Photograph: Reviving The Liberatory Legacy Of The 1970s At Leslie-Lohman Museum

Is it possible to look back to that gold lamé-draped, handlebar moustache-wearing, disco-dancing, cruising post-Stonewall era of the 1970s without the lens of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which would irrevocably alter the course of LGBTQ life? Can you look at artwork, photographs and other documentation from that decade without searching for the images and names of those who would disappear in the decades to come? Or of the others who would become continual caregivers to friends and lovers? Or the clubs, bathhouses, piers and others spaces that would be shuttered for fear of transmission? Continue reading

X-Ray Of Civilization: Beyond Biopolitics In Carlos Motta’s ‘Deviations’
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X-Ray Of Civilization: Beyond Biopolitics In Carlos Motta’s ‘Deviations’

What would happen if we looked back–past the contemporary Western civilization that we know? Past governments that try to regulate use of bathrooms depending on the biological sex written on birth certificates? Past governmental restrictions on who can be served at what establishment? Past rigidly constructed sexual and gender identities based on science, law and religion? Past, as Foucault described, biopower and biopolitics? What would happen if we looked back to cultures where there were no identities only acts? Continue reading

I Want To Be Its Meaning: Sinan Tuncay’s ‘I’m Sorry, Leyla’
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I Want To Be Its Meaning: Sinan Tuncay’s ‘I’m Sorry, Leyla’

“I am no different than the decaying rose as I wail,” cries Zeki Müren—arguably the most prominent singer that classical Turkish music has introduced, as well as the grandest of queer icons in his country—in Üzgünüm Leyla (I’m sorry, Leyla), a heart-wrenching anthem of longing and the namesake of Sinan Tuncay’s solo exhibition at United … Continue reading

Change The Way To Perceive And Change All Memory: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s Spirituality In ‘Try To Altar Everything’
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Change The Way To Perceive And Change All Memory: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s Spirituality In ‘Try To Altar Everything’

Spirituality is a curse word in the art world. Just mention spirituality and watch most curators run for the hills. Despite building elaborate white-walled shrines to worship art rather than omnipotent beings, much of the contemporary art world would like to conveniently forget that the centuries of art acting as devotional objects far surpass our current understanding of art as a commercial product for collectors. Continue reading

Filthy Dreams Invites You To: My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days
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Filthy Dreams Invites You To: My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days

Why hello there, dearest faithful Filthy Dreams readers! We’d like to officially invite you to our intrepid contributor Osman Can Yerebakan’s exhibition launch at AC Institute this Friday, April 29 from 7-9PM. What exhibition, you say? Oh I’m so glad you asked! My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days is an online exhibition featuring works by Daniel Temkin, … Continue reading