Express Yourself: “Strike A Pose” And The Limits Of Cultural Activism
Film

Express Yourself: “Strike A Pose” And The Limits Of Cultural Activism

“The irony for me was, like, I’m in a production to express yourself. I wasn’t being that at all with myself,” remarks Carlton Wilborn in the documentary film Strike A Pose. Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, Strike A Pose traces the experiences–both past and present–of the six (seven, if you include Gabriel Trupin … Continue reading

Dim All The Lights: Tim Lawrence’s ‘Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983’
Books

Dim All The Lights: Tim Lawrence’s ‘Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983’

As a connoisseur and supporter of nightlife as an important domain for activism and art in the face of judgments of its superficiality and frivolity, I naturally jumped at the chance to dive into Tim Lawrence’s recently published study of New York nightlife Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983. At 600 pages, … Continue reading

Dead Tired Of Being So Bloody Positive: PosterVirus Reflects AIDS Activism Now
Art

Dead Tired Of Being So Bloody Positive: PosterVirus Reflects AIDS Activism Now

In her essay “Legacies of Trauma, Legacies of Activism” in the collection Loss: The Politics of Mourning, Ann Cvetkovich reflects, “The AIDS crisis, like any other traumatic encounters with death, has challenged our strategies for remembering the dead, forcing the invention of new forms of mourning and commemoration. The same is true, I would argue, … Continue reading

Failure May Be Your Style: Undetectable Queer Time In Elmgreen & Dragset’s ‘Changing Subjects’
Art

Failure May Be Your Style: Undetectable Queer Time In Elmgreen & Dragset’s ‘Changing Subjects’

Nick Cave’s thoughts on time have stuck with me long after witnessing his deeply upsetting grief-strewn film One More Time With Feeling. Directed by Andrew Dominik, One More Time With Feeling is an all-encompassing look into the recording of the Bad Seeds’ album Skeleton Tree in the wake of the death of Nick’s son Arthur … Continue reading

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

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

No Longer Hidden Under the Bed: Pacifico Silano’s ‘Tear Sheets’ at Baxter St Camera Club
Art

No Longer Hidden Under the Bed: Pacifico Silano’s ‘Tear Sheets’ at Baxter St Camera Club

“Merrymakers dance the night away,” reads the bottom of a magazine sheet that the 2015 Baxter St Workspace Resident Pacifico Silano ‘tore’ from a vast collection of gay porn ephemera for his intricately hung solo exhibition at Baxter St Camera Club’s Chinatown location. Tear Sheets fits like a glove as a title to Pacifico’s practice, which … Continue reading

Art AIDS (Not All) America: The Developing Protest On Lack of Black Representation in ‘Groundbreaking’ Exhibition
Art

Art AIDS (Not All) America: The Developing Protest On Lack of Black Representation in ‘Groundbreaking’ Exhibition

Billing itself as “groundbreaking” and “the first comprehensive overview and reconsideration of 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States,” Art AIDS America, curated by Jonathan David Katz and Tacoma Museum of Art’s Rock Hushka, has in the past few days come under heavy criticism for its lack … Continue reading