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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... 

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Justin Vivian Bond Makes Broadway History with Tales of the City

by Adam Hetrick

When Mx. Justin Vivian Bond takes the stage as Anna Madrigal in the musical adaptation Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City March 27 at the Music Box Theatre, v (Bond’s preferred pronoun) will make history as the first actor who identifies as transgender to play a trans character on Broadway.

Madrigal’s famous words to her new tenant Mary Ann Singleton, “Good. You’re one of us then. Welcome to 28 Barbary Lane,” will be an affirmation. continue reading... 



“I’m Going to Come in Like Gaga at the Super Bowl”—Justin Vivian Bond Talks Creative Collaboration With Rachel Comey

by Maya Singer

Rachel Comey is switching things up this season, relocating her signature dinner cabaret­–meets–fashion show from Red Hook, Brooklyn, to downtown L.A. But there will be one familiar face at Comey’s extravaganza at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery tonight: performer Justin Vivian Bond, who will be marking the third time serving as the event’s de facto emcee. A friend of Comey’s from way back, Bond—known to pals as Vivian—helped the designer create her sui generis show form, which typically interweaves music, monologue, and a trio of model défilés that accompany the serving of dinner courses. 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... 



The Whitney Houston Biennial is back, showing the work of 167 women artists.

by Jillian Steinhauer

Three years ago, the Whitney Museum opened its last biennial in the Marcel Breuer building, a sprawling but largely inward-facing show that drew heavy criticism for its lack of diversity. Just a few days later, a one-night exhibition of 85 women artists popped up in a small studio space in Brooklyn. Though it wasn’t expressly positioned as a response to the Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Houston Biennial seemed to revel in inclusivity and, in that sense, felt like a rebuttal. continue reading... 



Justin Vivian Bond and Penny Arcade Discuss the Role of Art in Trump's Era

by Aaron Hicklin

Great art subverts, drawing attention to what is wrong and corrupt in society while forging communities that draw strength from their collective outrage. The spiraling anxiety that many of us have felt since the election on November 8 is familiar territory for artists who were around in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan and the rise of the Christian right coincided with the emergence of AIDS, creating a vibrant countercultural space. Here, two veterans of New York’s performance-art scene, Justin Vivian Bond and Penny Arcade, reflect on the current crisis. 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... 


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Trans Artist Justin Vivian Bond Envisions a World Without Binaries

by Linda Yang

Justin Vivian Bond, known to friends as Vivian, is a transgender singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, actor, activist, and everything else in between. (Bond uses the pronouns they/them.) Based in New York City's East Village, Bond recently curated New York Live Art's annual Live Ideas Festival, which ended this weekend. 

In response to reactionary, right wing narratives that increasingly dictate our lives, Bond centered the festival around building new narratives across all marginalized communities. continue reading... 


New York’s Most Subversive Christmas Show: Review of ‘Justin Vivian Bond: The Bipolar Express’

by Luis Damian Vernon

The latest installment of Justin Vivian Bond’s two-decades-plus cabaret act, currently at Joe’s Pub in New York City, is true to the spirit of its mischievous title.

A cult figure with crossover appeal, Bond is a Tony-nominated performer who rose to acclaim as Kiki of the Kiki and Herb cabaret duo, which ran from the ‘90s up until 2007 and enjoyed a revival series of shows earlier this year. continue reading...