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Dirty Looks Announces Curatorial Lineup For Biennial Initiative ‘On Location’

Dirty Looks Announces Curatorial Lineup For Biennial Initiative 'On Location'

Very exciting news: For a third year, Dirty Looks NYC will be offering up “On Location,” a month-long series of site-specific interventions in New York City spaces that literally takes queer film and video to the streets. Researching the histories of LGBTQ spaces in New York, extant or otherwise, this committee of twelve emerging curators will select artworks that speak to specific city sites—such as bars, shuttered nightclubs, hotels, and city parks—installing moving-image work at venues throughout New York every night during the month of July. 

“With 31 events over 31 days, this is an unprecedented and sweeping effort that democratizes some of the leading queer artistic figures of our time,” Dirty Looks said. “With past participating venues ranging from NYC’s longest-running gay bar, Julius to The Museum of Modern Art, Dirty Looks: On Location will facilitate much wider public exposure for film and video than possible within white box and cinema spaces.” 

Their aim is :to better blend the social with the cultural, intervening in traditional and untraditional spaces to bring to light complex relationships between sexuality, culture, gentrification, and forgotten or suppressed queer history in startling, surprising, and affective ways.” 

Leading up to next July, the curatorial committee will share their research, ideas and observations in regular contributions to Dirty Looks’ recently expanded website, a publishing platform for queer moving image work and culture. It’s a very exciting and unique program, and definitely one you should be paying attention to.

Here’s a list of all the curators behind the initiative: 

Vivian Crockett is an Art History PhD student at Columbia University, whose curatorial experience includes work at the Musée d’Orsay and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work is engaged in the critical application of postcolonial theory, queer theory and gender theory to the study of postwar and contemporary art. 

Carmel Curtis has worked with Sundance, Berlinale, The Boston Film Festival, and the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals. With a BA in English and Film from Tufts University, Curtis is presently pursuing an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation at New York University. 

David Evans Frantz David Frantz is a curator based in Los Angeles. He is the curator of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the independent, community-partner of ONE at the USC Libraries, the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. 

Evan Garza is a writer and curator who co-founded Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR). Former Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Garza has recently been appointed as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art.

David Everitt Howe is a Brooklyn-based independent curator and critic. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and his MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. He is the Curatorial and Development Associate at Participant Inc. 

Leeroy Kun Young Kang is an archivist, visual artist, and independent film curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Leeroy received a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in experimental video and is currently pursuing his Master in Library and Information Studies at CUNY.

Theodore Kerr is a Canadian born, Brooklyn based writer and organizer. Programs Manager at Visual AIDS (2011-2014) he is currently doing graduate work at Union Theological Seminary. 

Clara López Menéndez is an art worker, practicing in the curatorial field, art criticism, performance and other writings. She holds a MA in Curatorial Studies from CCS and has done projects in Berlin, Detroit, and New York and written for GLU, Disruptive Laughter, Randy, and Mousse

Karl McCool is an independent curator and Associate Director of Dirty Looks NYC. McCool received his BA from Temple University and is presently earning his MA Moving Image Archiving and Preservation at New York University. 

Bradford Nordeen is the founder and Director of Dirty Looks NYC and Platinum Programmer for Outfest Los Angeles. Nordeen holds an MA in Cinema Cultures from King’s College London and a BFA in Photography and Media from CalArts. 

Videofag (William Ellis + Jordan Tannahill) is a storefront cinema and performance lab in Toronto, Ontario’s Kensington Market, dedicated to the creation and exhibition of video, film, new media, and live art. 

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