Arts: Queering the Media

If you’re in or around Charm City, you simply must make time for a most fascinating exhibit on display through Dec. 5 at Baltimore’s Current Gallery, 30 S. Calvert St. It’s called “Agenda: Queering Popular Media” and it offers perspectives on “how queer subjectivity informs, and is mediated by, evolving technology, the media, and our present state of collective (un)consciousness; the use, abuse, and critique of popular media; and the creation of autonomous spaces for play, discourse, and protest.” Artists include Rahne Alexander, Davey Ball & Levi Barringer, Owen Brightman, Alan Calpe, Dynasty Handbag, Edie Fake, Michael Farley, Kristen Galvin, K8 Hardy & Wynne Greenwood, Gabriel Held, Michael Lent, LTTR (K8 Hardy, Emily Roysdon, Ulrike Müller, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Lanka Tattersal), Sarah McKiel, Dylan Mira & Latham Zearfoss, Rebecca Nagle, PILOT TV, and many others. 

by Dynasty Handbag, digital still from Break Up Day

The Jamillah James / Frontier Projects exhibition is paired on particular nights with cool film screenings. On Nov. 22 at 7 pm, see PILOT TV, which covers a 2004 Chicago (trans-)feminist experimental media conference. On the 23rd at 7pm, catch Paris is Burning, the fabulously colorful 1987 Jenny Livingstone documentary about drag balls held by African-American and Latino-American men in New York City. Nov. 29 features a 7pm showing of Sexy, Wiggy, Desserty (1982-1992), an anthology of works by seminal underground queer video artist Tom Rubnitz. And on the 30th at 7pm, don’t miss I-BE AREA¬ (2007), the critically acclaimed 100-minute video by artist Ryan Trecartin.

Even if you can’t make the film screenings, do catch this exhibition if you can. Agenda’s images are arresting, challenging, and empowering, and they will make you think about how we are changing the world and how it is seen.

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