Raising Zoey Film Screenings, 2019
Directed by Dante Alencastre
13 year-old trans activist Zoey Luna wants nothing more than to simply go to school, learn, have fun with her friends in Downey, CA. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made this easy. With the help of her mother Ofelia, her older sister Leticia and the ACLU, Zoey fought school officials for her right to self-identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from both school officials and students, Zoey determinedly continues to live her life as she is and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.
Feb 9, 2019
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Bagdouma Community Center
City of Coachella, 92236
This will also be shown in San Diego, April 2, 2019
The Gutter Art of Stephen Varble:
Genderqueer Performance Art in 1970’s photographs by Greg Day
Curated by David J. Getsy
ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, March 1 – May 17
photo courtesy of Greg Day Archive
I met Stephen Varble at the Spike Bar in Chelsea in 1975. We became friends and I spent two years photographing his life, studio and public performances. I was captivated by Stephen’s visual and performance art and he greatly inspired my photography. At that time I was a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Rutgers. Following field research protocols, I collected everything about him including personal letters, fliers, newsletters and costumes.
I left New York in 1976. Stephen died of AIDS in 1984. There was no mention of him until 2015 when I received an email from historian David Getsy. David was researching Stephen’s life and had found very limited resources in public archives, a frequent problem in LGBT history. Fortunately, I had kept everything and was delighted to be included in his research process. I discovered that my personal collection was an essential resource for the project. I also learned that Stephen’s pioneer work as a Genderqueer artist, critic of America culture and of the arts establishment, remains very relevant today.
Historian and curator David Getsy has done an amazing job of researching and reconstructing Stephen’s life/art and his importance in the Avant Guard and Queer art scene of 70’s New York. Stephen Varble has returned to our lives and our history thanks to Dr. Getsy and the personal collections that have made his research possible. Every person who collects our community’s history creates a potential resource for research. Collect it, keep it and share it!
~ Greg Day
Gutter Art: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble in 1970s New York
lecture by art historian David J. Getsy
April 13, West Hollywood
David J. Getsy’s talk explores performance artist, playwright, and fashion designer Stephen Varble (1946–1984), who was a fixture on the streets of SoHo in the 1970s, but whose ephemeral practice has largely gone unrecognized in histories of art. His guerrilla practice aimed at disruption — of commerce, of gender roles, and of the institutions of art and celebrity. In elaborate sculptural garments made of street trash, Varble held unauthorized gallery tours through SoHo and protest performances in banks, Fifth Avenue stores, and in the street.