Journey to the Sun
1978-83, Stephen Varble, USA, ca. 60 min.
- Thu, Oct 11th 6:00pm
In the 1970s, Manhattan-based artist Stephen Varble gained infamy for his elaborate, gender-confounding costumes and disruptive public performances. He retreated from public view in 1978 to focus on an epic, unfinished video, JOURNEY TO THE SUN, until his death in 1984. Ribald, complex, and unorthodox, the video is a surrealist fable of a messianic martyr staged largely on a set built from found objects and street trash. Art historian and SAIC faculty David Getsy, curator of "Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble" at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, presents excerpts from the four surviving hours of JOURNEY TO THE SUN and discusses Varble's transformative approach to gender. Digital file. (David Getsy)
Curator David Getsy is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.