Exhibition Wed 17 Nov 2010 - Tue 30 Nov 2010 Parsons The New School for Design
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
Free admission
Wednesday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Gallery hours: 12:00—6:00 p.m.
Opening Celebration
Thursday, November 18, 5:00—6:30 p.m.

Vogue'ology contains seemingly incompatible elements: aesthetic experience and political activism; community events and forensic research; public manifestations and private workshops. The exhibition is a joint project between the Ballroom Archive & Oral History Project and the sound art collective Ultra-red. Central to the collaboration is a shared interest in developing terms that can serve to organize the Ballroom Archive, a community-initiated effort to gather histories of the House|Ballroom scene.

The House|Ballroom scene emerged in New York City in the first half of the last century and is today found in cities across the United States. Members of the scene have organized themselves into houses, such as the House of Ebony, the House of Evisu, and the House of Garçon, which function as intentional communities, social networks, and artistic collectives. Houses sponsor Balls: large events at which members compete in multiple performance categories. For generations of transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay primarily Latino and African American men and women, the Balls have provoked radical explorations of style, identity and social inequality. Vogue, the community's signature performance form originally inspired by poses in Vogue magazine, enacts an analysis of normative gender, class and racial identities.

Rather than exhibiting the archive or attempting to represent the House|Ballroom scene itself, Vogue'ology investigates the processes and goals of archiving as they pertain to the specific characteristics and conditions of the House|Ballroom scene. Its structure and aesthetic elements amplify the resonances between the vocabularies of both archive and Balls, particularly their common interest in protocol, category, disassembly, and recombination.

Arbert Santana Evisu
, member of House of Evisu
Carin Kuoni, director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Robert Sember, member of Ultra-red sound art collective, 2009-2010 Vera List Center Fellow

Presented on occasion of the Vera List Center's 2009-2011 focus theme "Speculating on Change."

      • K TIMELINE: WHAT IS THE SOUND OF THE BALLROOM? Dance Tracks 1973-1997 (From the Ballroom Archive [...] Download - pdf (624 kB)
      • K Vogue’ology Exhibition Checklist Download - pdf (20 kB)
      • K Ultra-Red. SCHOOL OF ECHOES. Vogue'ology Protocol Compendium. Download - pdf (6.36 MB)
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of free public programs:

Thursday, November 18, 5:00—6:30 p.m

Organized Listening: Sound Art, Collectivity, and Politics
Thursday, November 18, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Edgar Riviera Colon
, of Ballroom Ministries
Rev. Jamaul Roots, of Ballroom Ministries
Karen Hakobian, human rights advocate and musician
Paige Sarlin, of 16 Beaver, artist
Alex Waterman, of Plus Minus Ensemble and Either/Or Ensemble, musician, writer and curator

Dont Rhine
Robert Sember

Listening Session (Vogue'ology)
Monday, November 29, 2010, 6:00—8:30 p.m.

Gallery visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibition and share their responses in writing, at the gallery or via email (info@ultra-red.org). In addition, the artists are facilitating a public listening session in the gallery, to consider collectively the intersection of object and analysis, and to evaluate and debate the political consequences and possibilities of recording history.

Living the Fight: AIDS Activism
Tuesday, November 30, 7:00—9:00 p.m.
The New School, Michael Klein Room
66 West 12th Street, 5th floor

Lolisa Gibson
Johnny Guaylupo
Charles Long
Pedro Julio Serrano

Sponsored by Health Education, Global Studies, Department of Natural Sciences and Math/ Interdisciplinary Science at Lang, Campus Queer Collective, Parsons Diversity Initiative, Lang's Ethnicity and Race Program, Office of Intercultural Support, VDay@New School, The New You, Association for International Development, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Sex In An Epidemic
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 6:30—8:30 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Screening of Jean Carlomusto's award-winning film Sex In An Epidemic (2010), followed by a conversation with Arbert Santana Evisu, Kevin Trimell Jones, Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia, and Robert Sember.