Category Archives: EDUCATION/ACTIVISM

PATRICK COWLEY

Join Dirty Looks and Dark Entries Records to celebrate the life of dance-music pioneer Patrick Cowley (1950–1982) on what would have been his 69th birthday.

Nikki Darling, Divinity P. Fudge, Paul Gellman, Aimee Goguen, Sarah Johnson, Mr. Drummer ’79, Mz Neon, Brontez Purnell, Beau Rice, and Sheree Rose will read from MECHANICAL FANTASY BOX—THE HOMOEROTIC JOURNAL OF PATRICK COWLEY—accompanied by music from Cowley’s gay porn soundtracks and screenings of the original videos. The evening will also feature the premiere of a double album of Cowley’s unreleased recordings.

MENERGY—A NIGHT OF PATRICK COWLEY

Saturday, October 19, from 8 pm until midnight.

Civic Center Studios

207 South Broadway, suite 1, downtown Los Angeles.

Patrick Cowley, Mechanical Fantasy Box images courtesy and © Dark Entries Records; Muscle Up, 1984, film still; Menergy image courtesy and © Dirty Looks.

ON MARCIA TUCKER

To say time flies means that it ceases to have any specificity or urgency. Westerners tend to think of this as meditative—what happens when you’ve gone exploring in the computer, or you’re deep into a really good book, or falling madly in love. It’s unusual, something other than the ordinary temporal sensibility that gets us to work, the kids to school, the assignments done, the dinneron the table. How paradoxical, then, that the most rewarding and satisfying activities are those where it seems as if time ceases to exist.Marcia Tucker, 1996*

Friends and colleagues of the late Marcia Tucker—art historian, curator, and New Museum founder—will gather this week for a book launch and panel on OUT OF BOUNDS—THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF MARCIA TUCKER.

OUT OF BOUNDS BOOK LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Thursday, October 17, at 7 pm.

New Museum Theater

235 Bowery, New York City.

*Marcia Tucker, from A Labor of Love, New Museum exhibition catalog, 1996. Reprinted in Out of Bounds, 2019.

From top: Marcia Tucker; Joan Brown, The Room, Part I (The Leg), 1975, oil enamel on canvas, courtesy and © Joan Brown Estate, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, and George Adams Gallery, “Bad” Painting exhibition, New Museum, 1978; Pat Steir, The Virgin’s Dream, 1972, oil and pencil on canvas, Lannan Art Collection; Out of Bounds—The Collected Writings of Marcia Tucker, design by Catherine Lorenz, courtesy and © the New Museum and Getty Publications; Daisy Youngblood, Romana, 1987, low-fire clay, courtesy McKee Gallery, photograph by Fred Scruton; Labor of Love exhibition, New Museum, 1996; Liza Lou, Kitchen, 1991–1996, glass beads, wood, wire, plaster, and artist’s used appliances, photograph by Tom Powell, Labor of Love exhibition, New Museum, 1996. Images courtesy and © the artists, photographers, and publishers.

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.

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.