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Dirty Looks LA: Eight Years On

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Dirty Looks LA: Eight Years On

April 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday, April 5 7PM FREE

Dirty Looks LA: Eight Years On

Dirty Looks compiles eight years of experimental screenings for a shorts program of signature delights that queer the pop cannon and (under)mine history for all of her unanswered questions. Ranging from digital drag revisionism to post-bohemian celluloid, Dirty Looks: 8 Years On reassesses the past through a fiercely queer and politicized lens, asking “who brought us here?” and “where are we now?” Ranging from 16mm films, super8 transfers, Hi8, HD video and Getty stock footage, this DL Cliff’s Notes screening spins circles around contemporary queer subjectivities, snarling with a punk zeal and a utopian demand for more.

Program includes:
Amphetamine (Warren Sonbert & Wendy Appel, 1966)
100 Boyfriends Mixtape (the demo) (Brontez Purnell, 2017)
Frenzy (Jill Reiter, 1993)
Poppers (Lila De Magalhaes, 2013)
Onward Lossless Follows (Michael Robinson, 2017)
Liberaceón (Chris E. Vargas, 2011)
tongue job (Aimee Goguen, 2013)
Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin (Mariah Garnett, 2012)

In person: Dirty Looks LA founder and curator Bradford Nordeen

Co-sponsored by Northwestern’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association and the Sexualities Project at Northwestern

Dirty Looks Inc is a platform for queer film, video and performance founded in 2011 by Bradford Nordeen. Using film and time-based art to illuminate queer histories and liminal spaces across Los Angeles and New York City, Dirty Looks traces contemporary queer aesthetics through historical works, presenting quintessential GLBTQ film and video, alongside up-and-coming artists and filmmakers. Dirty Looks exhibits a lineage of queer tactics and visual styles for younger artists, casual viewers and seasoned avant-garde filmgoers, alike. A nebulous collective, we have worked closely with Karl McCool, Clara López Menéndez, in addition to over 50 guest curators, through our month-long, city-spanning festival Dirty Looks: On Location.

Over the course of eight years, Dirty Looks has staged screenings at The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, The Hammer, Participant Inc, White Columns, ONE Archives, Artists Space and Judson Memorial Church. DL began regular Los Angeles programming in January 2015, instating a national reach for our programs.


April 5, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Block Museum
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208 United States