Vaginal Davis Is Speaking From The Diaphragm, May 15 -27 at PS122
“A performance artist of underground legend.”
– Guy Trebay, New York Times
A performance piece that re-examines the heyday of 1970s American daytime television chat and variety programs. Taking the format of legendary talk shows like The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, which starred lesbian icon Dinah Shore. Ms Davis isn’t interested in assimilating into the mainstream entertainment complex, but instead wishes to dissect a kind of TV staple and reconfigure it by presenting an array of live and Skype guests from the various worlds of literature, dance, theatre, film and art she has intersected in her over 30 year career as a performance and live artist, writer and cultural raconteur. With guest hosts, Downtown treasure Carmelita Tropicana,, and Jennifer Miller the famed bearded lady of Circus Amok expect ten days of the unexpected, the unusual and the sublime.
a few of the rotating nightly guest stars:
Carlo McCormick, Bruce LaBruce, Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre/Bikini Kill) and Adam Horovitz (the Beastie Boys), Claudia Gonson (The Magnetic Fields), Justin Bond, Annie Sprinkle, Kembra Pfahler, Dynasty Handbag, and many, many, many more. WOW!!!!
Vaginal Davis is an originator of the homo-core punk movement and a gender-queer art-music icon. Her concept bands – including Pedro Muriel and Esther, Cholita! The Female Menudo, black fag, and the Afro Sisters – have left an indelible mark on the development of underground music.
CONVERSATIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS with Mark Bradford
Artist’s Choice II: Mark Bradford and Christopher Bedford
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:30 p.m., MOMA
Join leading contemporary artists as they discuss their work, the creative process, and issues in contemporary art.
Artist Mark Bradford selects Christopher Bedford, Curator of Exhibitions, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University to join him in conversation. MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry moderates the discussion.