Participating in Art Exhibition in NYC, Oct 8, 2014

Cassandra Guan, Women’s Times, 2014, cyanotypes, dimensions variable (detail) [After speaking with Guan at the opening, I learned that she sourced the images for this piece from the Lesbian Herstory Archives.]
Alexis has been invited to host an event focused on the Unknown Play Project as part of an art exhibit taking place from September 12 – October 25, 2014 at the EFA Project Space in New York City. The title of of the exhibition is As We Were Saying: Art and Identity in the Age of “Post,” and it explores the ways in which identity shows up in art and culture at a time when some argue that identity-based politics are obsolete or counterproductive.

“The onset of what [author of 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep, Jonathan] Crary has termed the ‘new blandness’ means there are few chances to acknowledge difference among individuals, and it only through seeing and recognizing difference that one cultivates empathy.”
– from curator Claire Barliant’s essay for the exhibition

The event will take place Wednesday, October 8, beginning at 6:30pm. There will be a reading of an excerpt from the play Unknown, a screening of a couple of minutes from the raw documentary footage, and a discussion.

The gallery is located at:
323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018 (map)

For more information, click here.

Sample Footage: Alexis Danzig on Identity

Activist Alexis Danzig has been involved with a variety of LGBTQ groups and organizations from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) to the Lesbian Herstory Archives. In this rough cut of sample footage, Danzig reflects on her queer identity in the context of lesbian and woman-led groups and spaces.

Sample Footage: Alexis Danzig’s 1996 Road Trip

In 1996, Alexis Danzig, then an active volunteer at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, took a motorcycle trip across the US. As she went, she made over 20 stops to share a slideshow about the Archives in a variety of lesbian, feminist, and LGBTQ spaces, ranging from homes to bookstores to bars.

In this rough cut of sample footage, director Alexis Clements shows Alexis Danzig the archival materials (held at the Archives) from her trip. Danzig had never seen the archives of these materials before.