Author Archives: Barlo Perry

217 BOXES OF DR. HENRY ANONYMOUS

I am homosexual, I am a psychiatrist. I, like most of you in this room, am a member of the [American Psychiatric Association] and am proud of that membership. However, tonight, I am insofar as it is possible, a we.— Dr. John E. Fryer, aka Dr. Henry Anonymous

So began Dr. Fryer’s 1972 speech at the APA convention in Dallas. Wearing a rubber mask and speaking through a voice-altering device, Fryer anonymously addressed a panel titled Psychiatry: Friend or Foe to the Homosexual? A Dialogue.

(Since 1952, the APA had classified homosexuality as a “sociopathic personality disorder”—a diagnosis, paradoxically, welcomed at the time by many in the gay community, who saw it as a step up from the then prevailing view of queerness as a criminal perversion.)

Dr. Fryer was convinced he needed his disguise to keep medical license, but his courageous speech struck the convention like a bolt of lightening, and the following year the APA removed homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Writer-director Ain Gordon went through Dr. Fryer’s personal papers to create 217 BOXES OF DR. HENRY ANONYMOUS, onstage this weekend at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. This conceptual theater piece focuses on three people in Dr. Fryer’s life: his secretary Katherine M. Luder (played by Laura Esterman), his father Ercel Fryer (Ken Marks), and one of his patients, Alfred A. Gross (Derek Lucci)—a fascinating character who, among other things, assisted doctors working with the Selective Service System to weed out potential gay troops leading up to World War II, during which time Gross was accused of “fraternization” with a number of his interlocutors.

217 BOXES OF DR. HENRY ANONYMOUS

Friday, October 11, at 8 pm.

Saturday, October 12, at 3 pm and 8 pm.

Freud Playhouse, UCLA

245 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles.

Ain Gordon, 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, from top: Derek Lucci; Dr. John E. Fryer (right) at the 1972 APA convention in Dallas; Lucci; Laura Esterman(2); Ken Marks, with rear projection of Dr. Fryer. Lucci (top) and Marks photographs by Paula Court. Images courtesy and © the performers, the photographers, and CAP UCLA.

CEDAR SIGO AT REDCAT

Join Cedar Sigo—Suquamish poet, author of Royals and Language Arts, and editor of Joanne Kyger—There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera and the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Native American Poetry—for “Shadows Crossing: Tones of Voice Continued,” part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series at Redcat.

CEDAR SIGO—SHADOWS CROSSING: TONES OF VOICE CONTINUED

Friday, October 11, at 8:30.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Cedar Sigo; Sigo, Royals cover image; Sigo, “Tomorrow Night,” from Royals; page layout from Joanne Kyger—There You Are, edited by Sigo. Images and poetry courtesy and © Cedar Sigo, the estate of Joanne Kyger, the photographers, and the publishers.

MIRIAM CAHN — I AS HUMAN

The retrospective MIRIAM CAHN—I AS HUMAN—up for three more weeks at Haus der Kunst in Munich and opening at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw at the end of November—brings together half a century of work by this key European artist.

Curated by Jana Baumann, over 150 of Cahn’s oil paintings, sculptures, large-scale drawings, watercolors, and Super 8 films are on view.

Coincident with the exhibition, Hatje Cantz has published MIRIAM CAHN—WRITING IN RAGE, a collection of the artist’s essays, translated by Richard Humphrey.

MIRIAM CAHN—I AS HUMAN

Through October 27.

Haus der Kunst

Prinzregentenstrasse 1, Munich.

Miriam Cahn, I as Human, Haus der Kunst, July 12 through October 27, 2019. Images courtesy and © the artist.

VIJA CELMINS IN CONVERSATION

In conjunction with her Met Breuer retrospective, Vija Celmins will join curator Ian Alteveer for a public conversation at the Met Fifth Avenue.

AN EVENING WITH VIJA CELMINS

Thursday, October 10, at 6:30 pm.

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue (83rd Street entrance), New York City.

Vija Celmins, from top: the artist at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles, 2002, photograph courtesy and © Sidney B. Felsen; To Fix the Image in Memory, 1977–1982, stones and painted bronze, eleven pairs; Night Sky #15, 2000–2001, oil on canvas; Japanese Book, 2007–2010, oil on canvas; Heater, 1964, oil on canvas; Shell, 2009–2010, oil on canvas; Suspended Plane, 1966, oil on canvas; Vase, oil on canvas; Lamp #1, 1964, oil on canvas; Untitled (Ocean), 1977, graphite on acrylic ground on paper. Images courtesy and © Vija Celmins and Matthew Marks Gallery.

DAVID REINFURT AT YALE

David Reinfurt—co-founder of Dexter Sinister and The Serving Library and co-author of the monograph Muriel Cooper—will present a slideshow lecture on A *NEW* PROGRAM FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN (2019), his “do-it-yourself textbook that synthesizes the pragmatic with the experimental and builds on mid- to late-20th-century pedagogical models to convey advanced principles of contemporary design.”

Reinfurt’s new book provides… in-depth access to a historical analysis, exquisite close-focus portraits of multi-talented creative makers past and present, alongside his own research and examples of his class assignments. This intelligent book contains new insights regarding graphic design history, thought, and practice… [and] is a reminder of Walt Whitman’s call for “a force infusion of intellect” to confront the future.Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, director, Yale University Graduate Program in Graphic Design

DAVID REINFURT—A *NEW* PROGRAM FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN

Thursday, October 10, at 7 pm.

Yale School of Art, Graphic Design Atrium

1156 Chapel Street, New Haven.

David Reinfurt, A *New* Program for Graphic Design. Images courtesy and © the author and Inventory Press.