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ORLANDO AT APERTURE

“Virginia Woolf wrote Orlando in an attitude of celebration of the oscillating nature of existence. She believed the creative mind to be androgynous. I have come to see Orlando far less as being about gender than about the flexibility of the fully awake and sensate spirit…

“Where I once assumed it was a book about eternal youth, I now see it as a book about growing up, about learning to live.” — Tilda Swinton*

ORLANDO—the Aperture exhibition inspired by Woolf and curated by Swinton—features the work of Zackary Drucker, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamal Nxedlana, Elle Pérez, Walter Pfeiffer, Sally Potter, Viviane Sassen, Collier Schorr, Mickalene Thomas, and Carmen Winant.

ORLANDO

Through July 11.

Aperture Gallery

547 West 27th Street, 4th floor, New York City.

From top: Photographer unknown, Virginia Stephen in 1912, photograph sent to Leonard Woolf; Lynn Hershman Leeson (2), Rowlands/Bogart (Female Dominant), 1982, from the series Hero Sandwich, hand-painted collage, and Roberta Getting Ready to Go to Work ,1976, photograph of Roberta Breitmore, Leeson’s alter ego in a multiyear performance piece that lasted throughout the 1970s, both courtesy and © the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York; Mickalene Thomas (2), Untitled #3 (Orlando Series) and Untitled #4 (Orlando Series), both 2019 for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, (Untitled #4 is a portrait of Thomas’ partner, Racquel Chevremont); Jamal NxedlanaFAKA Portraits, Johannesburg, 2019, for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist; Walter Pfeiffer, untitled, 2009, courtesy and © the artist and Art + Commerce, Artists Rights Society, New York, and ProLitteris, Zürich; Collier Schorr, untitled (Casil), 2015–18 (2), courtesy and © the artist and 303 Gallery, New York; Carmen WinantA melon, a pineapple, an olive tree, an emerald, a fox in the snow, 2019, for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist, (artwork incorporates a photograph of Woolf’s lover Vita Sackville-West); Zackary DruckerRosalyne, 2019, for Aperture, courtesy and © the artist and Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles.

QUEER INTIMACY AND STATES OF EMOTION

An exhibition at Human Resources curated by artist and filmmaker Telémachos Alexiou will raise funds for his newest film projects: the feature THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL, and the documentary EMI’S MOVIE, about the life and work of gallerist, curator, yogini, and writer Emi Fontana.

THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL proposes as its core-dogma the idea that a delusion is an essential life force and therefore reminds us that art is a lie that tells the truth. It tells the story of a young self-exiled Greek actor in Berlin, and his awakening of conscience while back in Athens…

“The spell began during my secret explorations of my mother’s bedroom as a little child… I started making up myths and stories about my mother in order to create the illusion I could exert even the slightest of influence on her life before me—as if by doing so I could gain full control over my own fate.” — Telémachos Alexiou

The work in this show “manifests Alexiou’s personal relationships with the artists, shedding light upon the intimate moments, struggles, pleasures and agonies of being queer in 2019. The exhibition’s curation is a love letter to the artists, intended to bridge the geographical distance and emotional longing between continents.”* Exhibiting artists include Ron AtheyLucas Bihler, CassilsAlex ChavesZackary DruckerSpilios GianakopoulosMonilola IlupejuYoung Joon KwakEva MitalaTyler Matthew OyerZander PorterElliot ReedSpyros Rennt, Jason Al-Taan and Alexiou. 

This event is co-hosted by Zak Stone, with performances by Christopher Argodale and Tyler Matthew Oyer, and an afterparty with surprise DJ sets.

QUEER INTIMACY AND STATES OF EMOTION / CROSS-CONTINENTAL FRIENDSHIPS

Wednesday, May 29; doors open at 7 pm.

Performances by Christopher Argodale at 7:30 pm and Tyler Matthew Oyer at 10:15 pm.

Human Resources

410 Cottage Home Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Eva Mitala, untitled (1), silkscreen; Jason Al-Taan, The Ivy Terrace, 2017, photograph; Monilola Ilupeju, Intimacy Study (1 and 2), 2016, photography and print on plastic foil; Elliot Reed, Lesson, 2018, video still; Tyler Matthew Oyer, untitled (Sigil), 2016, acrylic on paper; Spyros Rennt, Catalin by the window, 2017, photograph; Spyros Rennt, Freckles (joy), 2017, photograph; Lucas Bihler, untitled (1), 2019, photograph; Telémachos Alexiou, Self #2, 2017, photograph and print text; Telémachos Alexiou, Self #3, 2017, photograph and print text, both from the Fassbinder Series. Images courtesy and © the artists.

CIRCUS OF BOOKS AT FIERMAN

“Growing up, I always assumed every store had an over-18 section. It was only when I got older that I realized my parents were in the business of hardcore gay porn. This was a completely strange thing for me, because this was not the world I knew to be of my parents: straight-laced, boring, and in my mom’s case, religious. The world of sexual deviants, gender nonconforming transgressives and weirdos, that was my world, not theirs…

“And yet, it took me leaving Los Angeles for over a decade to fully comprehend what a massive role their two Circus of Books stores served for the community. It took making a documentary film to realize that they had nurtured a second family to the family they had at home. They had carved out their own special place as trusted shop owners who never judged anyone who showed up in their surreptitious aisles, even as the rest of the world cast down condemnation, to say nothing of other parents at our school. As the store was closing last week, a Vietnam veteran walked through the doors and stood, unmoving in front of the register. My mom had protested against Vietnam, and she proceeded to tell him how terrible the Vietnam War was, and he looked at her and said, ‘Thank you. This store is part of my history, and some of the best years of my life happened here.’ ” — Rachel Mason, producer and director, Circus of Books*

The original Circus of Books—called “Book Circus”—opened in West Hollywood in 1967, followed by the Silver Lake location at Sunset Junction. An exhibition celebrating the communal culture and backrooms of Karen and Barry Mason‘s adults-only emporiums—fifty years of getting off—is now on view in Manhattan.

The show—curated by David Fierman with Rachel Mason—features artwork by Wilder Alison, Ron Athey, Adam Baran, Bengala, Erik Bergrin, Michael Bilsborough, Raynes Birkbeck, Seth Bogart, Chris Bogia, Kathe Burkhart, Deric Carner, Chivas Clem, Scott Covert, Vaginal Davis, Anne Doran, Thomas Dozol, Zackary Drucker, Ruben Esparza, Tom of Finland, Karen Finley, Benjamin Fredrickson, ektor garcia, Mariah Garnett, Mark Golamco, Jeff Grant, Michelle Handelman, Charles Hovland, Scott Hug, David Hurles, Stephen Irwin, William E. Jones, Wayne Koestenbaum, Mike Kuchar, Bruce LaBruce, Dawn Mellor, Lucas Michael, Billy Miller, Bob Mizer, David Mramor, Narcissister, Dominic Nurre, Mel Ottenberg, Jack Pierson, Breyer P-Orridge, Pre-Echo Press, Fay Ray, Mariah Robertson, Dean Sameshima, Stuart Sandford, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Margie Schnibbe, Michael Stipe, Chris E. Vargas, Mark Verabioff, Jan Wandrag, Karlheinz Weinberger, Jimmy Wright, and Dorian Wood.

CIRCUS OF BOOKS*

Through May 6.

Fierman

127 Henry Street, New York City.

From top: Vaginal Davis, Ascyltos of the Satyricon, 2016, ink on paper; Dominic Nurre, Vale of Cashmere Head, 2017–19, coconut shell, coconut oil, salt lick, and acrylic; David Mramor, Pink Star, 2019, oil, acrylic, and inkjet on canvas; Wayne Koestenbaum, David at Leisure, 2019, oil and graphite on canvas paper; Lucas Michael, G5CR, 2017, neon; Dawn Mellor, Southend Beach, 2013, oil, Tipp-ex, and marker pen on linen; Jimmy Wright, Griffith Park, LA, 1973, graphite and charcoal on graph paper; Seth Bogart, Faggots, 2019, ceramic; Mike Kuchar, Liquid Dreams, circa 1980s–1990s, pencil, pens, felt pens, and ink on paper; Scott Hug, Untitled (STH_PW_003), 2018, collage; Jeff Grant, Snow and Holes, 2018, archival inkjet print, staples, and clearlay; Karen Finley, dickless, 2018, ink on paper. Images courtesy the artists and Fierman gallery. Special thanks to David Fierman and Rachel Mason.

ZACKARY DRUCKER — REDCAT AND OUTFEST

This weekend at REDCAT, Dirty Looks on Location and curator Darin Klein present a survey of “short films and performance documentation by Zackary Drucker and her collaborators, exploring twelve years in the career of a groundbreaking American transgender multimedia artist,” actor, producer, and film director.*

A conversation with Drucker and USC professor Amelia Jones will follow the screenings.

 

HARD TO LOOK AT—FAVORITES AND RARITIES BY ZACKARY DRUCKER, Sunday, July 8, at 3 pm.

REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street, Disney Hall, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.

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Drucker also directed two shorts at this year’s Outfest as part of the series Queeroes (a Jill Soloway initiative), and Desires and Resistance—Unearthing Trans Legacies.

MOTHER COMES TO VENUS, followed by a panel discussion.

Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 pm.

HARMONY GOLD, 7655 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

outfest.org/mother-comes-to-venus

outfest.org/queeroes

AT LEAST YOU KNOW YOU EXIST, Sunday, July 15, at 4:30 pm.

REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street, Disney Hall, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.

outfest.org/at-least-you-know-you-exist

outfest.org/desires-and-resistance-unearthing-trans-legacies

outfest.org/about-outfest-los-angeles

Zackary Drucker.

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HUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT AND AUCTION

Join artists and performers Laura OwensRon Athey, My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade), Piero Golia, D’ette Nogle, Nora Berman, Sam Durant, Young Joon KwakZackary Drucker, Kibum Kim, Eve Fowler, Mara McCarthy, Jackie Tarquinio, and many more at the HUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT AND AUCTION this weekend at Ghebaly Gallery.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES BENEFIT AND AUCTION, Sunday, November 12, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

GHEBALY GALLERY, 2245 East Washington Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles.

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Ron Athey.

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