Del LaGrace Volcano: Love, Lust & Legacy: 40 Years of Queer Service to the Cause
@ Wrightwood 659
659 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Opening Saturday, May 25th, from 4PM - 5PM
Please join us at Wrightwood 659 for an artist talk by Del LaGrace Volcano. “Love, Lust & Legacy: 40 Years of Queer Service to the Cause” is the result of four decades of creating images with people who exist outside the bi-polar binaries of sex and gender. Volcano discusses their work – images that are not only documents of a ‘queer time and place’ but also iconic testaments to the love, lust, and burning desire to defy the forces that seek to destroy, disrespect and deactivate us. From Kathy Acker to Mojisola Adebayo, Barbara Hammer to Jack Halberstam, Isaac Julien to Derek Jarman, Pratibha Parmar, Paul Preciado, Leslie Feinberg, Zackie Achmat, Annie Sprinkle, James Green and a great deal more, Volcano has connected and collaborated with them all. Do not miss this rare chance to experience a visceral first-person account of what happens when LGBTQI+ theory is put into glorious technicolor practice.
“I am an artist who also has great story. Some might call this gossip and that’s true too. Just like Jose Munoz I am known to like a bit of cock a doodle doo.”
About the Artist:
Del LaGrace Volcano is a visual artist and cultural producer working with the body and identity notions for social, political and personal purposes. They attended the San Francisco Art Institute from 1979-81 and received an MA in Photographic Studies at the University of Derby in 1992. Selected publications include: Love Bites (1991), The Drag King Book with Jack Halberstam (1999), Sublime Mutations (2000), Sex Works with Beatriz Preciado (2005) and Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities with Ulrika Dahl (2008). Selected exhibitions include: Street Style at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (1994); Corpus Queer: Bodies in Resistance at Le Transpalette Centre for Contemporary Art in Bourges, France (2005); Das Achte Feld: The Eighth Square, Ludwig Museum, Koln, Germany (2006); and En Todas Partes: Politicas de la Diversidad En El Arte (Everywhere: Sexual Diversity Policies in Art), Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2009); and sh(OUT) at the Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland (2009). In 2012, Corpus Queer: Bodies of Resistance was shown at the Macedonia Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018 and at the Hayward Gallery in London 2019. Volcano’s work was featured in the solo exhibition Del LaGrace Volcano: A Mid-Career Retrospective, which opened at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in 2011. They are a regular contributor to academic publications, television programs and films on visual art, queer and feminist theory.
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