Down On The West Coast: Tracing The Intersections In “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.A.”
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Down On The West Coast: Tracing The Intersections In “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks In Chicano L.A.”

In Brown: The Last Discovery of America, Richard Rodriguez articulates the particularities of brownness, partially based on his own queer Chicano identity. “Brown,” he writes, “bleeds through the straight line, unstaunchable–the line separating black from white, for example. Brown confuses. Brown forms at the border of contradiction (the ability of language to express two or … Continue reading

And If I Call You From First Avenue: Dialing Up Utopian Failure With St. Vincent And Alex Da Corte’s “New York”
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And If I Call You From First Avenue: Dialing Up Utopian Failure With St. Vincent And Alex Da Corte’s “New York”

“Utopia can never be prescriptive and is always destined to fail,” writes José Esteban Muñoz in his chapter “After Jack: Queer Failure, Queer Virtuosity” in Cruising Utopia. The chapter traces the queer utopian legacy of filmmaker Jack Smith through the work of contemporary artists and performers like Dynasty Handbag, Kalup Linzy and My Barbarian. This … Continue reading

Jeffrey Deitch’s “The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon” And The Performance Of Allyship
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Jeffrey Deitch’s “The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon” And The Performance Of Allyship

It was probably the garish pink walls and the gaudy iridescent sea green curtains pushed to the side that drew me into Jeffrey Deitch’s The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon at the 2017 incarnation of the Armory Show. I mean, how could I not resist something so irresistibly tacky?! Not to mention, the simply decadent … Continue reading

Conrad Ventur Remembers Original Underground Superstar Mario Montez
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Conrad Ventur Remembers Original Underground Superstar Mario Montez

Before Andy Warhol even heard the term, queer underground filmmaker and aesthetic genius Jack Smith anointed legendary drag actress Mario Montez a “Superstar.” Named after Smith’s favorite campy Hollywood starlet Maria Montez, Mario Montez’s exquisite beauty and attention-grabbing acting style made him an underground film sensation, starring in Smith’s controversial Flaming Creatures, Andy Warhol’s uncannily … Continue reading