Sunday, June 24, 2012

DocumentO documentation

Installation photos of the DocumentO show at Krowswork gallery in Oakland: HERE

Go see that show now, it closes soon! A great line-up in a great space!

an unofficial satellite of Documenta 13
June 22-July 1, 2012
@ Krowswork gallery
480 23rd Street
Oakland, CA 

* Gallery hours during the show:
Saturdays 1-5, Sundays 2-4
Wed 5-8, Thurs & Fri: 2-6
other times by appointment

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June's Second Quarterly Update

June's high gay holidays are in full swing! And some how I've found time to update my blog again this month. Quite a feat! But, I have some very important things I need to announce so here goes...

DocumentO @ Krowswork gallery, Oakland, CA
I am thrilled to be participating in DocumentO, the Oakland response to Documenta (13), a biennial featuring artists from all over the place, happening in Kassel, Germany this year. DocumentO is the Oakland response, an Oakland biennial if you will... and Greg and I WILL! We're showing our latest Falling In Love... with Chris and Greg video "Work of Art! Reality TV Special." I may or may not be making it to the opening because it's Transgender Pride Day, but you never know.

DocumentO: an unofficial satellite of Documenta (13)
June 22nd - July 1st
* Opening reception June 22nd 6 - 9pm *
Krowswork gallery
480 23rd Street
Oakland, CA 94612

"Yesterday Once More" a Dirty Looks Program, New York NY
LiberaceĆ³n is screening in Dirty Looks, a roaming queer video program that happens monthly in NY. I'm so jealous I can't be there, it looks like a great line up: Matt Wolf, Mariah Garnett, Zachary Drucker, and yours truly!

"Yesterday Once More"
June 27nd 8:30pm
White Columns
320 West 13th Street
NY NY 10014

from the Dirty Looks website:
"Dirty Looks is thrilled to present Yesterday Once More, a program of queer moving image portraits from the last two years. Documenting four figures who helped to shape and define a public image of queer life (Peter Berlin, Joe Brainard, Liberace and Flawless Sabrina), each filmmaker in Yesterday Once More approaches their subject with the weight of their historical distance and a panache for contemporary performativity."

Friday, June 8, 2012

June's First Quarterly Update

June is off to a busy start (just like my horoscope said--thanks for the heads up, Susan Miller) and I have lots to update and oh so many links to provide that I don't even know we're to begin! I guess I'll just do what I do best and 'wing it', here goes...

Criminal Queers @ New Museum
Last night's event was off the hook. We screened Criminal Queers to a packed house @ the New Museum in conjunction with Carlos Motta's We Who Feel Differently Thursday Night Programs! If you have not already seen Carlos' project, I invite you to do so NOW (! As you might be able to tell, most of the project is archived online, and the website includes downloadable PDFs from the journal, video & audio of the many notable queer participants, etc. etc. Photo & audio documentation of OUR event "Love Revolution, Not State Collusion" co-organized by Jeannine Tang & Reina Gosset lives: HERE

Playback > @ Queens Nails Projects
Before I left for NY, last week I participated in Playback > a mini-video themed residency program at Queens Nails Projects in SF. Two blog posts ago, I put out a call for participation (Call For Participation: Smalltown Boys) and last week I set up shop in the gallery space and video'd friends & acquaintances in front of a greenscreen responding (lip-synching, dancing, swaying, staring) to the song Small town Boys by Bronski Beat. In little over a day I edited all the majick together and the first screening of my five minute piece, as well the other work produced during the residency, will be on:
June 20th, 7pm
Rock Bar
80 29th Street
Lots more info here: Playback > events & screenings

TOPOGRAPHIXX: Trans in the Landscape program :: currated by Tobaron Waxman
This brilliant & inspired program, which includes my video Have You Ever Seen A Transsexual Before?, screened in Rome, Italy on May 20th in an event called "BaBel2. The Independent Biennial of Critical Housing." Provocative propostion, right? I wish I could've attended, but the next best thing might be reading someone else's experience of the event: A Right To The City / Trans In The Landscape  on

The TOPOGRAPHIXX program will also screen as part of the OUT LIKE THAT! Festival
June 14, 2012. 8pm
Tickets: $5
@ Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!)
841 Barretto Street 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY.
1 (718) 842-5223

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

NYC: Criminal Queers @ New Museum & Sylvia Rivera Law Project

I'm in New York this week! Eric Stanley & I are here for two very exciting events. This first of which is tomorrow at the New Museum--in conjunction with "Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently" Thursday Night Programs! The event Love Revolution, Not State Collusion was conceived of by the brilliant Jeannine Tang & Reina Gosset, and will consist of a screening of our film Criminal Queers with a Q&A and discussion afterward. Then on Friday a community screening & discussion at Sylvia Rivera Law Project. We are so thrilled! Please find details below...


Thursday June 7, 2012, 7:30 pm
@ New Museum Theater
Venue has an elevator

Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently Thursday Night Programs Presents: "Jeannine Tang and Reina Gossett with Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas: Love Revolution, Not State Collusion"

As transgender issues, artists, and theory have received greater recognition in contemporary art discourses and institutions since the 2000s, activist Reina Gossett, art historian Jeannine Tang will discuss the role of art and artists in recent movement building, and how contemporary art figures in critical trans politics today. This will feature a screening of the film "Criminal Queers," followed by a conversation with filmmakers Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas.

"Criminal Queers" visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. By expropriating the "prison break" genre the question of form and content collapse into a rhythm of affective histories as images of possibility materializes even after possibility itself is foreclosed. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined.

This event is supported by the New Museum, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. 

New Museum Facebook Event


Then on Friday, almost the same drill but this time at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project...

Friday June 8th at 7 PM
147 West 24th Street, 5th Floor
Free, All Are Welcome. Building has an elevator.

On Friday evening come join filmmakers Eric A Stanley & Chris Vargas for a screening of the film CRIMINAL QUEERS. We'll be discussing the role of art and artists in movement building, and how art helps shape trans politics today. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmakers Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas.

Supported by Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice & Queers for Economic Justice

contact Reina Gossett for more details:

SRLP Facebook Event 

Also at the New Museum (again), Gran Fury's neon number
2 Legit 2 Quit

Eric dresses for the occasion