Performing Difference: Gender in the 1980s Downtown Scene
The Museum of Modern Art
The symposium will be livestreamed, see MoMA's website for further information.
In conjunction with the current exhibition at MoMA, Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village 1978–1983, this symposium explores the history and legacy of gender expression and performance in 1980s New York City. During this period of fluid experimentation, Club 57 was one in a constellation of post-punk social clubs, artist collectives, and galleries united by an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to artistic production.
The symposium will include screenings, panel discussions, audience dialogue, and a reception. Moderators, including writer, curator, and archivist Sur Rodney (Sur), performance artist and scholar Holly Hughes, and curator Travis Chamberlain, will be joined by performers, theater artists, and veterans of the Downtown scene to consider this crucial moment in the evolution of gender culture and its relevance today. Attendees are encouraged to come early to see the exhibition, an open screening of Diane Torr’s documentary Man for a Day, and a performance of Gender Fuck by Bradley Wester.
Featured speakers include Moe Angelos, Jordan Arseneault, Brian Butterick aka Hattie Hathaway, Travis Chamberlain, Peter Cramer, Reina Gossett, Erin Markey, Carmelita Tropicana, Martha Wilson, Jack Waters and Peter Cramer, and Rafael Sánchez.
Photos of Dany Johnson and Gerard Little: April Palmieri