DOES THE BODY RULE THE MIND, OR DOES THE MIND RULE THE BODY?

Does the body (June 21-August 12) is the Museum’s first live performance exhibition, presenting the newest generation of American artists who blend the avant-garde legacy of performance art with pop culture.

Each work challenges crucial ideas about the body and identity through dance, music, comedy, and spoken word, and will invite you to connect with the artists and your fellow visitors to find ways to “dance better together.” The exhibition also includes a larger ongoing presentation of documentaries and recorded works that offer an introduction to these five exciting artists—Morgan Bassichis, Moriah Evans, Will Rawls, Jen Rosenblit, and Mariana Valencia.

The exhibition will include my film We Have Always Been on Fire (2018) featuring Morgan Bassichis. More details here

Curated by Mark Beasley, Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave and 7th St
Washington, DC 20560

 

Happy Birthday, Marsha! World Premiere

Happy Birthday, Marsha! will have its world premiere at OUTFEST FUSION in LA next month. We are so pleased to be premiering in a festival that spotlights the work of queer, trans, non binary, and gender non conforming people of color.

 GIF by Lauryn Siegel

GIF by Lauryn Siegel

Happy Birthday, Marsha! will screen twice during the festival which takes place March 9-13:

Saturday March 10 at 9:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre
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Sunday March 11 at 5:30 at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
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The New Museum Publishes Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility

The New Museum publishes Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, the Latest Installment in the Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture Series. Edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton.

 A still from  Happy Birthday, Marsha!  by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel on the cover of  Trap Door

A still from Happy Birthday, Marsha! by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel on the cover of Trap Door

The increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not paradoxical. Trans visibility is touted as a sign of a liberal society, but it has coincided with a political moment marked both by heightened violence against trans people (especially trans women of color) and by the suppressionof trans rights under civil law. Trap Door grapples with these contradictions.
 
The essays, conversations, and dossiers gathered here delve into themes as wide-ranging yet interconnected as beauty, performativity, activism, and police brutality. Collectively, they attest to how trans people are frequently offered “doors”—entrances to visibility and recognition—that are actually “traps,” accommodating trans bodies and communities only insofar as they cooperate with dominant norms. The volume speculates about a third term, perhaps uniquely suited for our time: the trapdoor, neither entrance nor exit, but a secret passageway leading elsewhereTrap Door begins a conversation that extends through and beyond trans culture, showing how these issues have relevance for anyone invested in the ethics of visual culture. 

Contributors
Lexi Adsit, Sara Ahmed, Nicole Archer, Kai Lumumba Barrow, Johanna Burton, micha cárdenas, Mel Y. Chen, Grace Dunham, Treva Ellison, Sydney Freeland, Che Gossett, Reina Gossett, Stamatina Gregory, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Robert Hamblin, Eva Hayward, Juliana Huxtable, Yve Laris Cohen, Abram J. Lewis, Heather Love, Park McArthur, CeCe McDonald, Toshio Meronek, Fred Moten, Tavia Nyong’o, Morgan M. Page, Roy Pérez, Dean Spade, Eric A. Stanley, Jeannine Tang, Wu Tsang, Jeanne Vaccaro, Chris E. Vargas, Geo Wyeth, Kalaniopua Young, Constantina Zavitsanos

Available for purchase from MIT Press here.

Atlantic is a Sea of Bones Premieres at Whitney Museum

Visual AIDS presents ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS for the 28th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017.

Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

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Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

“Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” investigates gender’s place in contemporary art and culture at a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars. The exhibition features an intergenerational group of artists who explore gender beyond the binary to usher in more fluid and inclusive expressions of identity.

September 27, 2017 – January 22, 2018
Morgan Bassichis, Sadie Benning, Nayland Blake, Justin Vivian Bond, Gregg Bordowitz, Pauline Boudry and Renate Loren, Nancy Brooks Brody, A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner,  Leidy Churchman, Liz Collins, Vaginal Davis, Harry Dodge, The Dyke Division of the Two-Headed Calf, Josh Faught, ektor garcia, Mariah Garnett, Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel, Sharon Hayes, House of Ladosha, Stanya Kahn, Carolyn Lazard, Simone Leigh, Ellen Lesperance, Candice Lin, Troy Michie, Ulrike Müller, Willa Nasatir, Sondra Perry, Christina Quarles, Connie Samaras, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Tschabalala Self, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Tuesday Smillie, Sable Elyse Smith, Patrick Staff, Diamond Stingily, Mickalene Thomas, Wu Tsang, Chris E. Vargas, Geo Wyeth, Anicka Yi

Curated by Johanna Burton with Natalie Bell and Sara O’Keeffe

New Museum
235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/trigger-gender-as-a-tool-and-as-a-weapon

We did it! Happy Birthday, Marsha! successfully funded on Indiegogo

In just a few weeks the persistent demand that the story of Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson deserves be told in all its beauty means that we have not only met but exceeded our post-production goal $30,000 by 117%! This is truly a historic moment and made possible by all of our 638 backers, who have ensured that this film is gonna be legendary. THANK YOU!

You can view the campaign here.


Cooper Union’s exhibition Bring Your Own Body presents Happy Birthday, Marsha!

November 14; 7 PM | The Cooper Union

 The cast of "Happy Birthday, Marsha!"

The cast of "Happy Birthday, Marsha!"

Bring Your Own Body, an exhibition focusing on transgender artists and archives, presents a free, public event.

Happy Birthday, Marsha! is an experimental film about the legendary transgender artist and activist Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel, who co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced the film, stage a performative lecture and screen selections from their highly anticipated film.

More info here