Tracy + the Plastics, Gut Tracer, 2002/2014. Performance and video, sound, color; 28:03 min. Courtesy the artist and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland
Bringing together a community of archivists, artists, and filmmakers, “Let’s piece our knowing together” is a panel discussion that explores queer archives and what it means for unauthorized and DIY behavior to intersect with, or be excluded by, various institutional or historical accounts. The panel is organized on the occasion of Wynne Greenwood: “Kelly,” an exhibition and a six-month residency in which Greenwood will premiere the complete, recently re-performed and newly mastered archive of Tracy + the Plastics’ performances. Greenwood’s work itself questions what constitutes an archive and how performance-based video might be treated within this framework. The panel will examine the role of archives—within alternative and mainstream culture—in order to posit new ways of considering them not only as historical repositories, but also as spaces for reconceiving or revising existing narratives.
Panelists will include Lisa Darms, Senior Archivist at the Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU, Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel, writers and directors of Happy Birthday, Marsha!, a film about transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, and Wynne Greenwood, moderated by exhibition curators Johanna Burton and Stephanie Snyder.
Major support for the project is generously provided by
Artist commissions at the New Museum are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund. Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert. Additional support is provided by the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.
Additional support for “Seasons” is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.
The artist would like to acknowledge Henry Art Gallery, the City of Seattle Artist Project, and Tom White and the Estate of Leslie Scalapino.
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