Presented with a discussion by Prof. Bernard Welt of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University - author of Mythomania: Fantasies, Fables, and Sheer Lies in Contemporary American Popular Art.
Before Brokeback Mountain, there was Lonesome Cowboys.
Before Hedwig, there was Thundercrack!
Before Looking, there was Normal Love.
Avant-garde short films by gay artists, as formally daring as they were sexually explicit, redefined eros as well as film in the revolutionary decades of the 1960s and ‘70s. Queer cinema pioneers such as James Broughton and Jack Smith expanded the frontiers of do-it-yourself experimentation and expression. Films by Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger, appearing first in the queer niches of ‘60s culture, rapidly influenced rock music, fashion, and mainstream cinema. There’s not much in queer independent film—or indie film, period—that wasn’t done first in the pioneering films of this era.
The Pleasure Garden series offers a rare opportunity to see these genre- and gender-bending short films.
Tuesday June 2 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm: Flaming Creatures
Films by Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, and James Bidgood announced a queer sensibility in avant-garde film, and invited a mainstream audience to gaze upon the wonders of camp, drag, sexual display—and life itself as a thrilling performance.