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New York Icon Justin Vivian Bond Is Modeling Some Personal History at the New Museum This Halloween
by Stephanie Eckardt

Justin Vivian Bond burst onto the New York nightlife scene two decades ago as Kiki DuRane, one half of the famed cabaret show Kiki and Herb with Kenny Mellman. But a few years ago, Bond began departing from their well-known antics as the boozed up, ancient lounge singer Kiki by beginning performances with standing for two minutes in complete silence onstage, interrupting the audience’s discomfort and surprise only to declare what was by then obvious: “Two minutes is a long time.” continue reading...


'Trigger' Exhibition At The New Museum Tackles Gender But Ponders So Much More

by Adam Lehrer

The New Museum’s curatorial program, in my opinion, is currently without peer. There is no art museum introducing more new ideas and sharing more radical art on such a large stage. For years now I have been transfixed by its endless stream of must-see art exhibitions from some of the most important and subversive contemporary artists working today: Chris Ofili, Jim Shaw, Pia Camil, Nicole Eisenman, Cally Spooner, Pipilotti Rist, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama and Kaari Upson have all delivered knock out exhibitions at the storied Bowery-located museum since 2015. continue reading... 

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond Comes to Austin
The queer cabaret legend is the friend we all need right now


by Beth Sullivan

On September 8, cabaret extraordinaire Mx. Justin Vivian Bond will grace the capital city with their show Rebecca Havemeyer Presents: Mx. Justin Vivian Bond at the North Door. Justin Vivian Bond (Photo by David Kimelman) The legendary performer – who’s starred in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus, won the Lambda Literary Award for their memoir Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, and was nominated for a Tony – is coming to town for just one night (and a quick symposium at UT-Austin) to help build a stronger and brighter community bond at a time when queer and trans folks need it most. continue reading... 


The New Museum’s ‘Trigger’ Is Radical in Content, Retrograde in Form: What Should We Make of That?
by Jerry Saltz

I wish I didn’t feel as conflicted as I do about “Trigger: Gender As a Tool and a Weapon,” the New Museum’s scattershot, building-filling group show about “gender beyond the binary.” There is plenty to admire in the show, organized by Johanna Burton, including new artists worth celebrating and the greater political cause: to cry havoc at the rising tides of hatred and sketch out the new landscape of identity-driven, gender-politics-inflected art. continue reading... 

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When It Comes to Gender, Let Confusion Reign

by Holland Cotter

The New Museum isn’t new any more. It hit 40 this year, by some reckonings early middle age, though it’s still thinking young, or youngish, and living in the now. One thing that made it feel fresh early on was that it did shows on themes no other museums were tackling, like the 1982 “Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence in Contemporary Art,” the first major American institutional survey of work by gay and lesbian artists. Now comes another such venture, “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” a look at concepts of “trans” and “queer” as embodied in new art. continue reading... 

29th Annual Lambda Literary Award winners announced

by Steve Lee

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lambda Literary, the nation’s leading organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature, announced the winners of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) at a ceremony hosted by multi-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The ceremony brought together attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and twenty-nine years of the groundbreaking literary awards. continue reading... 


Review: “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon”

by Joseph R. Wolin

As Donald Trump provokes a backlash against a laundry list of marginalized groups, many museums have commendably stepped up with programming aimed at countering the reactionary tone of the current administration. Think about this exhibition, then, as a salvo in the rekindled culture wars. Featuring more than 40 artists and collaborative groups, “Trigger” grows out of the idea that what we talk about when we talk about gender has shifted from a fixed and simple binary to something multiplicitous, contentious and unstable. continue reading... 


Justin Vivian Bond talks couch surfing in the West Village and beyond in 1994
by Justin Vivian Bond

I moved here in June of 1994. I had a great life in San Francisco, but I had bigger dreams, so I had to be in New York. I was basically couch surfing for almost the first year. I spent quite a bit of time with my friend Victoria Leacock in her duplex on 9th between Fifth and Sixth. A friend joked that I was the only homeless queen she knew who was staying in a duplex off Fifth Avenue. But such is my life, you know? It was pretty glamorous, looking back on it. continue reading... 


How The Whitney Houston Biennial Help To Push Feminist Art Forward

by Anni Irish

In New York’s abundance of art fairs and gallery shows, male artists have always tended to outnumber female artists. One show this Spring, however, sought to change this gender imbalance: The Whitney Houston Biennial. The exhibition, which was founded two years by curator and painter Chritsine “C.” Finley, has since doubled in the size of the space and the number of artists included. This year’s show features over 160 female-identified artists. continue reading...