Dirty Looks Volume 3

Contributors include: Jürgen Brüning, Nao Bustamante, Curtis Carman, Jackie Clay, Jack Doroshow, Zackary Drucker, Michelle Handelman, Joe E. Jeffreys, Kevin Killian, Bradford Nordeen, Michael Robinson, Daniel J. Sander, Steve Seid, Linda Simpson, Kendall Thomas, Diana Tourjée, Ela Troyano, Ayanna U’Dongo, Chris E. Vargas, Greg Youmans, with Cockette memories from Scrumbly Koldewyn, Adrian Milton, and Rumi Missabu.

Dirty Looks returns with our third Volume, launched on the occasion of our Los Angeles restoration premiere of Steven Arnold's Luminous Procuress, starring radiant covergirl, Pandora. Volume 3 digs deep into discourses around the intersections between drag and trans cultures. Beginning with a 1973 essay on drag penned by Flawless Sabrina for Michael's Thing and ending on a lengthy discussion of RuPaul's Drag Race between Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art founder Chris E. Vargas and experimental filmmaker, Michael Robinson, Volume 3 is our largest installment to date, brimming with archival photographs, sketches, contact sheets and reviews, original interviews, essays and personal reflections.

Responding to recent and forthcoming programs, Volume 3 highlights queer cinema's indie film moment, in a chapter dedicated to Ela Troyano's Latin Boys Go To Hell; 1970s psychedelia and genderqueer fantasias, as seen through the lens of Steven Arnold; New York's Clit Club and sex-positive activist video art produced by women of color in the late 1990s, in a chapter edited by Jackie Clay for her exhibition Sisters and Brothers (ICA, Los Angeles, 2018); guest editor Zackary Drucker honors The Queen in a 60-page chapter eulogizing Jack Doroshow aka Flawless Sabrina, tracing the drag organizer, activist, consultant and visionary through 6 decades of frontline work and play; expanding upon the media and museum work of Chris E. Vargas yields revisionary histories in the most obtuse and surprising of queer role models.

Cover design by Scott Ewalt from the photograph by Ingeborg Gerdes. Layout design by Tiffany Malakooti and Vanessa Haroutunian. 150 pages

Dirty Looks Volume 2

Contributors include: Ron Athey, Brian Bauman, Jibz Cameron, Marjorie Cameron, Nikki Darling, Scott Ewalt, Margaret Haines, Hedi El Kholti, Jonesy, Jaime C. Knight, Chris Kraus, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Daniel Mufson, Bradford Nordeen, Kembra Pfahler, Joshua Chambers-Letson and Carmelita Tropicana.

Dirty Looks returns with the second installment of our Volume series, a print publication amassing ephemera, artwork, creative commissions and scholarly writing around experimental film, video and performance. Long-form essays include works by Joshua Lubin-Levy, Margaret Haines, Daniel Mufson, creative prose by Chris Kraus, Jibz Cameron and Brian Bauman, interviews with Ron Athey and Carmelita Tropicana, a portfolio of illustrations by Marjorie Cameron, a re-envisioning of the hankie code courtesy of Die Kränken, an 18-page spread of early fliers, posters and lyric sheets from Kembra Pfahler and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.

Dirty Looks Volume is an annual publishing initiative distributed in tandem with our bi-coastal events. Dirty Looks Volume Two encompasses our final three events of 2016 (Jack Smith Rushes, Cameron in Film: A New Moon Invocation and die Kränken Holiday Bazaar), as well as our upcoming screening with Kembra Pfahler and the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary Reza Abdoh: Theater Visionary.

ISBN 978-0-692-84809-8 118 pages. Cover design by Scott Ewalt. Interior design by Shauna Steinbach and Tiffany Malakooti.

Dirty Looks Volume 1

A pack of queers crazed about cinema and its time-based sisters, we are evolving our porous skin to include new contributors and collaborations, different and differing voices that help us to contest the limits of what queer can mean in relation to cinema, to region, to gender, to medium, and also to how it can be talked about.

Dirty Looks is expanding its reach this January with the launch of Dirty Looks Volume 1, a biannual publishing initiative to be distributed in tandem with our monthly bi-coastal events. Dirty Looks Volume 1 is a program, an introduction to the works that Dirty Looks will present over the first six months of 2016. By subscribing to the publication one becomes a member, obtaining free access to all the Dirty Looks events plus the publication sent directly to your home address. Snail mail, stamps and USPS. We can’t help it. We started with celluloid first.

Contributors to the first issue include: Malic Amalya, Gregg Araki, Amelia Bande, Katherine Brewer Ball, Dennis Cooper, Jack Halberstam, Guy Hocquenghem, G. B. Jones, Jonesy, Andrew Kachel, Theodore Kerr, Clara López Menéndez, Karl McCool, Bradford Nordeen, Brontez Purnell, Jill Reiter, Alice Royer, Greta Snider, Charles Theonia, Scott Treleaven and Greg Youmans.

Programs include: Hardcore Home Movies; Grace Jones: A One Man Show; Sesión Continua: a porn theatre in Echo Park; Maldito Sea Tu Nombre Libertad, Guy Hocquenghem + Lionel Soukaz's La Race D'ep!; and Gregg Araki's Totally F***ed Up.

128pp ISBN 978-0-692-62471-5 $12.95
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Check Your Vernacular

CHECK YOUR VERNACULAR assembles the objects, costumes and ephemera of contemporary queer performance from artists Dynasty Handbag, Narcissister, Colin Self and Chris E. Vargas. Exploring the historical distinctions between the American Avant-Garde in 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 histories.

The publication was issued on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name, Rhode Island School of Design, Memorial Hall September 30 - October 21, 2014, made possible in part by the RISD Turner Theatrical and Performance Design Fund.

Author: Bradford Nordeen. Design: Monica Yi. 47 pages. 23 x 15.5 cm.
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Dirty Looks at MoMA: Mining the Collection, a reader

Dirty Looks at MoMA: Mining the Collection, a reader is a publication of artists' writings, essays, and articles contextualizing the films and videos contained within the museum's permanent collection and selected for exhibition by Dirty Looks. Subjects include the films Taylor Mead's Ass by Andy Warhol; 1 Berlin Harlem by Lothar Lambert; Julie Zando's Uh-Oh! and Mayhem by Abigail Child; and the performances of Luther Price. Issued in conjunction with the public screening series of the same name, organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; and Bradford Nordeen, Director, with David Everitt Howe and Karl McCool, Dirty Looks. Contributors include Abigail Child, Malik Gaines, Lia Gangitano, Ronald Gregg, James Hansen, David Everitt Howe, Wayne Koestenbaum, Priscilla Layne, Karl McCool, Eileen Myles, Bradford Nordeen, Luther Price and Lior Shamriz.

108 Pages. Design by Deric Carner. ISBN: 978-0-9802324-5-5.