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Perspectives on Contemporary Performance and HIV/AIDS
September 19, 2013
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Visual AIDS and the New Museum present an evening of conversation between performers Justin Vivian Bond, Hunter Reynolds, and Julie Tolentino, whose works each approach the ongoing AIDS crisis in a variety of important and profound ways. Moderated by Benjamin Shepard, the discussion will explore the evolving role that performance has played in the context of HIV/AIDS, while highlighting a diverse spectrum of performance practices that exemplify contemporary HIV/AIDS engagement.
The talk is organized in conjunction with “NOT OVER,” a project honoring Visual AIDS’s twenty-five years of activity, and “Performance Archiving Performance,” part of the Fall 2013 Season: “Archives” at the New Museum.
Please note: There is no late seating for this event. RSVP tickets will not be held after 7pm the day of the event.
Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a writer, singer, painter, and performance artist. Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki & Herb: Alive On Broadway in 2007. Other notable theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50th Anniversary Season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group, and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Mx Bond is a recipient of an Ethyl Eichelberger Award, a Peter Reed Foundation grant, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant for performance art/theater, an Obie, and a Bessie.
Hunter Reynolds works in several mediums, including performance, photography, installation, and collage. He is a Visual AIDS artist member, a founding member of Art Positive, and an early member of ACT UP. He has been making work for over thirty years. Recently, collateral work relating to Patina du Prey’s Memorial Dress—a long term performance by Reynolds—was part of “NOT OVER” at La MaMa Galleria. Reynolds is represented by P.P.O.W in New York.
Julie Tolentino creates intimate solo movement-based installations including time-based durational performances, sculptural endurance events, and audio soundscapes. Her solo projects include the following full-evening and durational performance/installation-based works: Marks of My Civilization (1992), Stringhead (2008), The Sky Remains The Same (2008–ongoing), Cry of Love-A Labyrinth (2009), Eyewitness (2009), Cry of Love (2010), Raul N Julio (2010), Honey (2010), and Untitled (for Tom) – study (2010). Currently, all works center on the body’s (inevitable) disintegration, the excesses of aging, and the body’s attempt at secrecy via hidden texts, history, emotion, and memory. Described as “highly visual movement meditations,” these physically rigorous works mirror the intimate notion of a guided tour that teases-out a future imagined, claimed, and etched for and without another. A frequent performer and collaborator in other people’s work as well, Tolentino has worked with David Roussève/REALITY Dance Theater (lead senior member, company tour manager), Ron Athey (codirector, choreographer, performer), and many others. Tolentino’s ongoing body-archive project “The Sky Remains the Same” will be included as part of “Performance Archiving Performance” at the New Museum this fall.
Benjamin Shepard, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Human Service at New York City College of Technology/City University of New York. He received his Masters at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, his PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and his training in psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology in their Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. As a social worker, he worked in AIDS housing settings from San Francisco to Chicago to New York, where he directed the start-ups for two congregate housing programs for people with HIV/AIDS, as well as served as Deputy Director at CitiWide Harm Reduction. Recent works include Play, Creativity, and the New Community Organizing (Routledge, 2011), Queer Political Performance and Protest (Routledge, 2009), The Beach Beneath the Streets: Exclusion, Control, and Play in Public Space (cowritten with Greg Smithsimon; SUNY Press, 2011), and Community Projects as Social Activism (Sage). In 2010, he was named to the Playboy Honor Roll as one of twenty professors “who are reinventing the classroom.”
The event is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.
New Museum Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.
When & Where
Visual AIDS, and the New Museum
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. www.visualaids.org
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program.