Sunday, September 28, 5PM
CHECK YOUR VERNACULAR launch screening
in conjunction with Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11101

Dirty Looks NYC celebrates the release of our first publication – CHECK YOUR VERNACULAR– at Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair with a performance and screening event featuring work by Dynasty Handbag, Narcissister, Colin Self and Chris E. Vargas. CHECK YOUR VERNACULAR – published on the occasion of the exhibition commissioned by Rhode Island School of Design (Memorial Hall, Sept. 30 – Oct. 21) – assembles the objects, costumes and ephemera of contemporary queer performance. Exploring the distinctions between avant-garde cinema and queer moving image and performance cultures, CHECK YOUR VERNACULAR situates the work of these four artists in a central camp – assembling these diverse and richly documented hirstories.

Dynasty Handbag is the performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psychic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/antipants-lezbiananationalarmy vehicle of Jibz Cameron, from NYC. Narcissister‘s performances refigure narcissism through radical acts of self love, acts that, in turn, reveal and conceal the racializing and eroticizing effects of our commodity-driven culture. Covered by mask and merkin, Narcissister plays with the limits of masquerade, performance art, and activism as she uncovers her body and its potential to animate objecthood. Colin Self is a composer, choreographer, and vocalist living on Earth, working across disciplines to develop new modes of communication through energy and sound. Chris E. Vargas is a video maker, interdisciplinary artist, and founder of MOTHA–Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art.