Narcissister opens Dirty Looks July 1 – Brooklyn NY
Dirty Looks is thrilled to launch year-two of Dirty Looks: On Location with an evening of videos and performance by artist Narcissister. Narcissisterʼs videos have been screened in festivals world-wide and she has amassed a diverse roster of performance venues (MoMA, The Kitchen, Americaʼs Got Talent), all this, after having only created the Narcissister character 6 years ago. This screening will be the first to survey the artistʼs video works and will be immediately followed by a performance. The Spectrum, a former residential dance studio-cum-queer community arts space, was the initial inspiration for the evening, which emerged from a late night dialogue between the artist and curator Bradford Nordeen, in that very locale.
On each subsequent night of July, On Location will install a film or video work in a queer social settings (like gay bars, community centers and theaters) or former site of queer sociality (shuttered baths, meeting spaces, bars, or sex clubs), pairing location with film and video to raise awareness of or call into question the nature of that shared social space. 31 nights, 31 works of film, video, or performance art, selected by a diverse roster of up-and-coming curators, bringing casual bar-goers and the general public in contact with cutting edge and historically important queer artwork.
OPENING: July 1, 2013 | 7PM – 12AM
WHERE: The Spectrum | 59 Montrose Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11206
All On Location events will be free and open to the general public.
Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Wearing mark and merkin, she works at the intersection of performance art, burlesque, dance and visual art. She actively integrates her prior experience as a professional dancer and commercial artist with her current art practices in a range of creative media, including collage, photography, video art and music. In addition to being a featured performer at The Box, she has presented work in New York at The New Museum, The Kitchen, and at Abrons Art Center and at many nightclubs, galleries and alternative art spaces. Narcissister was a re-performer of Marina Abramovic’s Luminosity piece as part of The Artist is Present retrospective at MoMA. Narcissister has also presented her work internationally at the Music Biennale in Zagreb, Croatia, at Chicks on Speed’s Girl Monster Festival, at The Festival of Women in Ljubljana, Slovania, at Warehouse 09, Copenhagen’s first live art festival, and at the Cam/Anti-Camp festival in Berlin, among many others. her art videos have also been included in gallery shows and film festivals worldwide. Her film The Self-Gratifier won an award for ‘Best Use of a Sex Toy’ at the 2008 Good Vibrations Erotic Film Festival. Interested in troubling the divide between popular entertainment and experimental art, Narcissister appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2011. This year, Narcissister was in FORE at The Studio Museum, had her first solo exhibition, Narcissister is You, at envoy enterprises, and presented a new evening-length work, Organ Player, at Abrons Art Center.
About Dirty Looks:
A salon of influences, DIRTY LOOKS is a New York-based roaming series, an open platform for inquiry, discussion and debate. Designed to trace contemporary queer aesthetics through historical works, Dirty Looks presents quintessential GLBT film and video alongside up-and-coming artists and filmmakers. Dirty Looks exhibits a lineage of queer tactics and visual styles for younger artists, casual viewers and seasoned avant-garde filmgoers, alike. Dirty Looks: On Location is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan
Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additional support provided by the Museum of Modern Art.