November 17, 2010 - November 30, 2010

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

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Gallery visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibition and share their responses in writing, at the gallery or via email (info@ultra-red.org). In addition, the artists are facilitating a public listening session in the gallery, to consider collectively the intersection of object and analysis, and to evaluate and debate the political consequences and possibilities of recording history.

Monday, November 29, 2010, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Organized Listening: Sound Art, Collectivity and Politics
Thursday, November 18, 6:30–8:30pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Participants include Edgar Riviera ColonandRev. Jamaul Roots from Ballroom Ministries; human rights advocate and filmmaker Karen Hakobian; artist Paige Sarlin of 16 Beaver; musician, writer and curator Alex Waterman of Plus Minus Ensemble and Either/Or Ensemble.

Facilitators: Dont Rhine and Robert Sember.

Living the Fight: AIDS Activism
Tuesday, November 30, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The New School, Malcolm Klein Reading Room
66 West 12th Street, Room 510

With Lolisa Gibson, Johnny Guaylupo, Charles Long, and Pedro Julio Serrano

Co-sponsored by Health Education, Global Studies, and Natural Sciences and Math/Interdisciplinary Science at Eugene Lang College, Campus Queer Collective, Parsons Diversity Initiative, Lang’s Ethnicity and Race Program, Office of Intercultural Support, VDay@New School, The New You, Association for International Development, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Sex In An Epidemic
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Screening of Jean Carlomusto’s award-winning film Sex In An Epidemic (2010) is followed by a conversation with Arbert Santana Evisu, Kevin Trimell Jones, Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia, and Robert Sember.

Let’s Be Real: Sex Is Positive
Thursday, December 2, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
The New School, 6 East 16th Street, Room 713

A playful and exploratory safer sex workshop led by New School students. Sponsored by The New You and Health Education.

Presented as part of the Vera List Center’s 2009–2011 focus theme, Speculating on Change.

Vogue’ology contains seemingly incompatible elements: aesthetic experience and political activism; community events and forensic research; public manifestations and private workshops. The exhibition is a joint project between the Ballroom Archive & Oral History Project and the sound art collective Ultra-red. Central to the collaboration is a shared interest in developing terms that can serve to organize the Ballroom Archive, a community-initiated effort to gather histories of the House/Ballroom scene.

The House/Ballroom scene emerged in New York City in the first half of the last century and is today found in cities across the United States. Members of the scene have organized themselves into houses, such as the House of Ebony, the House of Evisu, and the House of Garçon, which function as intentional communities, social networks, and artistic collectives. Houses sponsor Balls: large events at which members compete in multiple performance categories. For generations of transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay primarily Latino and African American men and women, the Balls have provoked radical explorations of style, identity, and social inequality. Vogue, the community’s signature performance form, originally inspired by poses in Vogue magazine, enacts an analysis of normative gender, class, and racial identities.

Rather than exhibiting the archive or attempting to represent the House/Ballroom scene itself, Vogue’ology investigates the processes and goals of archiving as they pertain to the specific characteristics and conditions of the House/Ballroom scene. Its structure and aesthetic elements amplify the resonances between the vocabularies of both archive and Balls, particularly their common interest in protocol, category, disassembly, and recombination.

Arbert Santana Evisu, member of House of Evisu
Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Robert Sember, member of Ultra-red sound art collective, 2009–2010 Vera List Center Fellow

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