July 7-August 13, 2017: NIGHT FEVER at Future Tenant, Pittsburgh PA, Opening Reception on Friday, July 7th, 5:30-10:00pm.
Night Fever examines the aesthetic legacy of disco through a diverse multigenerational group of local and national contemporary artists who engage with the bygone era of mirror balls, disco divas, and transformative nights of dancing. While disco and its cultural impact have often been brushed off as too artificial, too commercial and too kitsch, Night Fever will emphasize Alice Echol’s assertion from Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture that “disco…broadened the contours of blackness, femininity and male homosexuality.” The artists in Night Fever use disco to create a rich dialogue about the communities, performances and self-fashioned identities that emerged through the music and clubs.
Featuring the work of Scott Andrew, Androxx, Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver, Gabriel Martinez, Adam Milner, Devan Shimoyama, Pacifico Silano, and Bradley Wester.
September 18-October 10, 2015: PARTY OUT OF BOUNDS: NIGHTLIFE AS ACTIVISM SINCE 1980 at LaMaMa Galleria presented by Visual AIDS
Opening Reception: September 18 6PM-9PM
Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980, curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan for Visual AIDS, features artwork by Nayland Blake, Elegance Bratton, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Luis Carle, Clit Club Archive/Julie Tolentino, Chloe Dzubilo, Scott Ewalt, Robert Getso, Keith Haring, Aldo Hernandez Archive, Peter Hujar, Kia Labeija, Marc Lida, Caldwell Linker, Lovett/Codagnone, Charles Lum, Joseph Modica, Hunter Reynolds, Eric Rhein, John Sex, Linda Simpson, Chad States, Nelson Sullivan, Wu Tsang & RJ Messineo, Conrad Ventur, John Walter, John Waters, Jessica Whitbread, and David Wojnarowicz
Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980, curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan, focuses on the intersection of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and nightlife from the 1980s to the present. Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, nightlife has been an escape, a community, a forum for information about safer sex practices and a center for activism. Taking its title from a B-52’s song, Party Out Of Bounds showcases the transformative possibilities of nightlife as an alternative form of activism.
Don’t miss the NO PANTS NO PROBLEM: Party Out Of Bounds After-Party at LeftField at 10:30PM
A satellite project of Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980 curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan. Courtship Disorder by John Walter is a video of a pseudo-psychodrama set in a public toilet (cottage or tearoom). The video relates to Walter’s epic installation Alien Sex Club in which he explores the spaces of sex (including the adult bookstore and the gay bathhouse) as spaces of sexual transmission risk.