Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980

Installation view of Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980 at La MaMa Galleria (Photo courtesy of Azmi Mert Erdem)

Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980 at La MaMa Galleria presented by Visual AIDS (September 18-October 10, 2015)

Participating Artists: 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.

Party Out Of  Bounds also included a satellite project  John Walter: Courtship Desire at London’s White Cubicle Toilet Gallery  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.

Exhibition catalogue available at Visual AIDS

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