Friday, October 30
7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Back Lot Cruise Party
Included in VIP Package or a $5 suggested donation at the door.
|Tool Shed Parking Lot
600 E. Sunny Dunes Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92264
|Cruise Party/Vendor Market
With extended bar service
Richard Hawkins draws upon aspects of visual culture that indulge in the pleasures and taboos of looking at the human body. In his work, the body frequently happens to be young, male, and exotic. Hawkins’ subjects span centuries and continents, including Classical Greek and Roman statuary, 19th-century literature, 1980s teen pop heartthrobs, Thai sex tourism (in a series he refers to as a “Viagra overdose”), avant-garde Japanese dance, and the paintings of Gustave Moreau. His mediums and style also vary widely, having encompassed painting, sculpture, digital art, and drawing. The basis of his practice, however, is collage: it was the first medium in which he made mature work, and it has since become his analogy for the act of looking and understanding.
In a new series of polychromed ceramics and mixed media collages, Hawkins mines the post-electroshock drawings of Antonin Artaud for imagery and evidence of a mind set free to wander into the darkly erotic domain of the preternatural. Witchy shamans, gynandromorphic idols, shitting plague-rats, acephalic succubi and “daughters of the heart, unborn” populate a body of shrine-like wall works which rework and compound Artaudian interplays between the primitive, the sacred, the execrable and the hallucinatory.
Best of the city’s LGBT art and culture to be showcased throughout November
A packed programme of art and culture reflecting the LGBT experience will form the basis of Liverpool’s Homotopia festival this year.
The 2015 festival, which starts on Friday 30 October and runs through to World AIDS Day on 1 December, aims to showcase what it is to be LGBT in today’s society via art, music, performance, photography, comedy and literature.
The theme of this year’s festival is ART = LIFE, and the events planned will examine how those who face discrimination use art as a form of self-expression.
Festival Director Gary Everett said: “If silence equals death as it did at the start of the AIDS crisis then we believe art equals life. Art is a joyous expression of all that makes us human and for lesbians, gays and Trans people who continue to be marginalised, criminalised and persecuted around the world, art is often their only means of self-expression.”
Many of Liverpool’s cultural institutions will be hosting Homotopia events and collaborating with artists.
One such collaboration is Transformation: One Man’s Cross-Dressing Wardrobe at Walker Art Gallery, which celebrates the personal historic dress collection of Peter Farrer, and will be the first exhibition of its kind in a British museum.
Although it has already opened at Open Eye Gallery, a trailblazing photography exhibition by Zanele Muholi will also form part of this year’s Homotopia. VUKANI/RISE explores gender, race and sexuality in relation to South African society, and the images featured were nominated for the Deutsche Borse prize.
Homotopia Festival kicks off on Friday 30th October, and runs throughout November, closing on Tuesday 1st December.
Discover the historic home and museum of Tom of Finland, the world’s largest collection of homoerotic art, TOM House
I work very hard to make sure that the men I draw having sex are proud men having happy sex! – Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland is the most important gay graphic artist of the 20th century. Experience the craftsman abode he called home in Echo Park during an exclusive tour lead by Field Agent Mark Hayward. The house museum is a 1906 residence poised on top a hill overlooking Echo Park. From 1981-1991, Tom split his time between this house in Los Angeles and his home in Finland’s capital, Helsinki. He lived and worked in a studio space in the attic. During our tour of the house, we’ll view selections from the archive of Tom’s and others’ work, relax in the garden of delight, and explore the dark corners of the dungeon.
Born Touko Laaksonen in 1920, Tom of Finland’s hyper erotic images have become icons of the gay community particularly in the uniform and leather fetish scenes. In 1984, Tom and his partner Durk Dehner started the nonprofit Tom of Finland Foundation to preserve his work. Now it’s also an international safe haven for homoerotic art and anti-censorship advocacy. His work, once censored as pornography, is now in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and published as a best-selling Taschen monograph.
Refreshments will be served.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tom of Finland Foundation.
This adventure makes a great gift for the right bad girl or boy!
Advance Tickets Only
10a – noon
Lukas Beyeler | Yangzom Brauen | Jack Halberstam
Daniel Hellmann | Marie-Caroline Hominal
Valérie Reding | Mica Sigourney | Urs August Steiner
One-day screenings, performances, installations, and lecture.
Curated by Marc Streit | Introduction by Jack Halberstam
F?! addresses the topic of failure and proposes alternatives to our conventional understanding and pursuit of success—opening new perspectives in the creative capital. Failure sometimes offers more cooperative and generative ways of being in the world, even as it forces us to face the dark side of life, love, and libido.