The Museum of Sex is presenting a new exhibition celebrating the Peruvian LGBTQ community — ‘Canon,’ “a multi-part series of photographs and sculptures” by artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek. I just saw a preview of the images that will be on display at this exhibition and it made me tear up, this work is so powerful. It’s a call to action against the violence that the LGBTQ faces in Peru. Another reminder that people like us struggle everywhere in the world.
Featured is ‘Virgenes de la Puerta’ (Virgins of the Door), “a photography series that reimagines transgender women as historical and religious icons inspired by Spanish colonial painting and 19th-century vernacular photography, such as the iconic religious imagery of Santa Rosa de Lima or the Tapada Limeña.” There’s also ‘Los Chicos’ (The Boys), in this series the boys pictured “represent an important, emerging, community within Peru’s culture. Defying patriarchal machismo and the antiquated social mores of masculinity, these young gay men have exhibited tremendous courage and tenacity by allowing themselves to be seen, publicly, as a thriving community within a slowly changing environment of acceptance.” The third series of photographs is the ‘Padre Patria’ (Fatherland), that “reveals the Peruvian landscape as spaces of evidence within the extreme, and rather common, circumstances of violent hate-crimes toward the LGBTQ community, which include rape and murder, as well as domestic violence.”
Also, the show they will premiere the video performance piece ‘Anda,’ featuring “eight gay Peruvian men in varying stages of personal or public acceptance of their sexuality.” The exhibition shows the artists’ effort to highlight the social cruelty that the Peruvian community is facing and to celebrate “the resilience, power, and beauty of their subjects.”
The documentary follows the nightlife institution's rise to fashion and artistic notoriety.
Susanne Bartsch moved to New York City in 1981. The fact that this was the city’s most violent year for recorded crime is perhaps unrelated to Bartsch’s initial arrival, but the opening and success of her eponymous SoHo shop “Barstchland” may suggest that New Yorker’s were searching for escape from the danger on most street corners.
Opening up this season’s NewFest, Susanne Bartsch: On Top premieres Thursday Oct. 19 at the SVA Theatre. The vibrant documentary is decorated by a slew of archival footage. One evening news segment from the late 1980s stands out in particular: A square-shouldered anchor reports that Bartsch’s weekly parties at clubs like Savage (below the Chelsea Hotel) were “full scale theatrical assaults.” From debut directors Anthony&Alex, On Top catalogs the nightlife institution as she and her team of equally animated assistants and associates prepare for 2015’s Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch at the FIT Museum.
The mention of her shop and its place for all things cool creates a solid place to begin the legacy that Bartsch has created over the past three decades. Having worked in London’s Chelsea Market, befriending many associated with the New Romantic movement, Bartsch was among the first retailers in the U.S. to carry names like Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano. The film follows her from her home inside the Chelsea Hotel, where she’s lived since arriving in New York, to the many fast-paced parties that conglomerate to assemble a colorful, electric aura around this fervent film. …
A tongue and cheek body of work is the latest from the British multimedia artist
Painted leather, a reinterpreted wedding gown, the graphic-tee, flamboyant and hot pink faux-fur — none of these are new ideas in fashion, but artist Patrick Church, with his youthful take on both ideas of illustrious fashion and garment revitalization, make these ever-present tropes in ready-to-wear feel progressive, not overwatered.
Church is a British multimedia artist whose “bold and playful looks” are a part of a collection that are 130 hand painted pieces, including briefs, blue jeans, leather and a wild pair of original Vetements + Manolo boots. The collection is Church’s first total body of work. Launching online last month, the assortment of garments are rich in commercial value but quite frankly just full of joy.
To say a bit more about the collection’s bold and playful identity, “bursting with color and character, each piece is entirely unique. Aspects of the human form are heightened with an infectious sense of fun and humor.” Modeled by three fresh faces that are also bold, playful and totally yummy, “each piece has its own serendipitous tale to tell.” And something tells me these models do too.
Perhaps the briefs are best worn at a summer party, or Sunday in bed with whoever you’re fornicating with on the Sabbath. The wedding gown is good for a first date; it doesn’t say too much though offers a sense of “I’m down for anything.” What would be your best bet is to begin with the t-shirt or leather, they are subtle enough to break necks on the Bowery and every fashionable street in between. …
The purpose of this panel is to focus on how to create a safer and more inclusive world for all LGBTQ + youth, one that’s “free of hate.” I can’t think of better reason to do a panel than this. A world free from hate would be glorious. In some ways it’s such a lofty goal it feels almost unattainable. How about we aim for a world with just a little less hate and work from there? A good place to start is by joining this conversation featuring Carmen Carrera (pictured), Jiggly Caliente, Wes Moore, and a Hetrick-Martin Institute Youth Advocate. Hetrick-Martin is the “host agency for the groundbreaking Harvey Milk High School, devoted to serving at-risk youth and founded in 1985 in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education." It’s an amazing school, and safe space for LGBTQ+ teens. The talk starts at 5pm today at VFILES, 12 Mercer St. in SOHO. I’m going to be there, I hope you can make it.
With performance by Randy Jones - The Cowboy from The Village People
A few summers ago, I wish I could remember when but my memory is blurred because it was in Fire Island, I met the Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish. He was staying at the house that I was visiting — this was during the Fire Island Dance Festival. I remember I saw him in the morning, about 11am relaxing in the pool on top of a floatie while I was already sipping on a Bloody Mary. (This is what I mean about not remembering much). I do recall during the weekend the amazing dance performance he was part of. He was performing with two other lovely dancers (one of them helped me with my Beyoncé’s choreography late one night). I just went to see Joshua's new show Saudade (a MOVETHECOMPANY production) at BAM in Brooklyn. It’s happening this entire week until Sunday, October 15 at 3pm. “Saudade, a Portuguese word with no English equivalent, refers to a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent love. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. In a tribute to the most romantic of melancholies, Beamish leads six male dancers to confront their existential incompleteness.” Saudade is an intimate, subtle, sexy, sensual performance with a meditative, calming effect to it. It was also very homoerotic in case you are into that. Be sure to check it out.
When news first broke of the queer Chechens being rounded up, beaten, imprisoned and murdered, it was honestly hard to believe. When The New Yorker covered it a few weeks later, I admit that my passivity on the topic turned sour, meaning my initial denial became full-blown fear. A lot of you reading are probably thinking, “OK” — well that just makes you an asshole, which is fair! But seriously I read so many things on the internet everyday, when it comes to LGBTQ+ community news, I’m always apprehensive to believe what’s being reported. We used to be a community that operated solely by word of mouth, and I think my gay heart still honors that. I first met Adam Eli in the street at Pride, which I note because he’s now a go-to voice for contemporary LGBTQ+ activism. He sent me a note about Voices 4 Chechnya which “is a group of New Yorkers who are passionate about using their privilege as out Americans to bring about change around the world.” On Saturday, October 14, they will rally at Stonewall and march to Tr*mp Tower to help raise awareness and money for those LGBTQ+ people attempting to flee Chechyna’s murderous escapade. V4C hopes to procure humanitarian parole visas and allocate proper funds for so LGBTQ+ Chechen’s can resettle. “Every day queer Chechens are rounded up, abducted, tortured and killed. Over twenty Chechens have escaped and are living in safe houses in mainland Russia, with no way out. Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the existence gay people in Chechnya, and refers to them as subhuman, including the approval of familial honor killings.” As Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera taught us, we have to speak up to bring safety to our global community.