The Drag Explosion - New York City drag scene of the '80s & '90s in photos

The Drag Explosion - New York City drag scene of the '80s & '90s in photos

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MacKenzie Art Gallery

3475 Albert Street

Regina, SK S4S 6X6

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The Drag Explosion is multi-talented Linda Simpson’s photographic tribute to NYC’s drag scene of the 1980s and the 90s

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Experience The Drag Explosion as a live presentation with Linda Simpson!

During the years covered by The Drag Explosion Linda hobnobbed with a camera, which was a rare thing to do back then. Although she was a complete amateur, she got tons of great shots—wild nightlife, queer activism, pop-culture moments and all sorts of colorful characters. Ultimately, her photos document the rise and fall of a golden era that paved the way for today’s drag renaissance.

The Drag Exposion’s earliest photos date back to the gritty East Village where Linda joined a kooky and avant-garde underground scene that revolved around the Pyramid Club and the outdoor drag festival Wigstock.

As drag’s popularity gained steam, drag queens galore and their club kid comrades went on to conquer NYC’s pulsating nightlife, including the Limelight, Palladium and other mega-clubs.

By 1992, the mass media came calling.  Gender-bending suddenly became the latest fad and Gotham’s drag sorority emerged as pop-culture darlings. Never before had drag culture reached such incredible heights. It was a Drag Explosion that still resonates today.

The Drag Explosion has been presented internationally at art spaces, theaters and colleges since 2012, and has spawned two books, PAGES (Peradam, 2013) and The Drag Explosion (Domain, 2021).

This event is open to all ages.

"A worldly wit… A kind of mother superior of the New York drag scene."
— The New York Times



"The thinking woman's drag queen."
— Paper Magazine



"Linda Simpson quotes and quips for the quality-seeking queer in all of us."
— Genre

Reception (with cash bar) and book purchase/signing will follow Linda's presentation.

The Drag Explosion - New York City drag scene of the '80s & '90s in photos image
The Drag Explosion - New York City drag scene of the '80s & '90s in photos image
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