Monday, March 2, 2009

Gender Play

What does being a butch mean? What's the difference between being a butch, a boi, a tomboy or a stud? 
All this and more will be explored in a new art exhibit in Los Angeles this month. 

From the press release:
The exhibit will show how lesbian life played out through the centuries; from two-spirit native people, to cross-dressers and tobacco-chewing women of the Civil War and, to stone butches, high femmes, and kiki’s of the 1950s, though the dykes of the lesbian feminist 1970s, to queers, bois, and Trans people of today. Learn who was ‘out’ in the Wild West and who was ‘passing’? Why were kiki lesbians kicked out of the bars in the 50’s? Why did lesbians go ‘androgynous’ in the radical 70s and tell butches to go back in the closet? What made lesbians go lipstick in the 80s? Who or what is genderqueer? And today, in the 21st Century, how can you tell when a lesbian boi is really a girl?

Damn, I wish I was in LA!

GenderPlay the Exhibit, opens Saturday, March 14, 3 to 6pm and will feature butch folk-singing hero Phranc, emcee Marie Cartier and performance art from Latina trio, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan. (Who Lipstick & Dipstick performed with in Eugene last year.)
The show will run for two months, March 14 to May 23, at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum at 626 N. Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood (entrance is on El Tovar).
The Gallery is open every Friday 4 to 8 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5pm.


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