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Pulled Pork: Unseen Images from Warhol’s Only Play

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Pulled Pork: Unseen Images from Warhol’s Only Play


Pulled Pork

Leee Black Childers, 1971
digital print,
20 x 24 in.


Pulled Pork: Unseen Images from Warhol’s Only Play

Curated by Kymara Lonergan and Oliver Klaassen


Exhibition dates: September 13 - September 16, 2013
Opening Reception: September 13, 6-9 PM

[August 12, 2013 – NEW YORK] The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in association with The Kymara Gallery present Pulled Pork: Unseen Images from Warhol’s Only Play, a solo photography exhibition by Leee Black Childers, curated by Kymara Lonergan and Oliver Klaassen. Pork, and its cast and crew from The Ridiculous Theater Company, were influential in the subsequent evolution of glitter, glam, and punk rock music. Included in this exhibition are over 40 of Childers’ dramatic, unseen images of the performance and stage.

Leee Black Childers was the stage manager and official photographer of Andy Warhol's play, Pork, which opened on May 5, 1971 at LaMama Theater in New York, for a two-week run, and was brought to the Roundhouse Theatre in London for a longer run in August, 1971. Pork was based on tape-recorded conversations between Brigid Berlin and Andy Warhol, during which Brigid would play Andy tapes she had made of phone conversations between herself and her mother, socialite Honey Berlin. The play featured Jayne County as “Vulva”, Cherry Vanilla as Amanda Pork, and Tony Zanetta as B. Marlowe, a Warhol doppelgänger.

Childers, a vital character of the New York underground, captured the rock 'n' roll antics of the 60s and 70s, was a member of Andy Warhol's entourage of creative associates. Also, he was David Bowie’s and Iggy Pop's tour manager in 1972 and 1974. Childers documented every aspect of his career, from the early Warhol days to his work as a manager with some of rock ‘n’ roll's most famous performers. Recently, he published a book, Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rockstars and Punks, which looks back at some of his most iconic images and shares his memories behind the photos.

Included in this exhibition will be selected works from the permanent collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum, including Warhol’s lithograph series, Sex Parts. An opening celebration will be held on September 13 from 6-9 PM which will feature readings from the original script of Andy Warhol’s Pork and a performance by Walter Steading.


About the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Best place for gay culture, Time Out New York: New York's Best 2012
"…invaluable museum." Holland Cotter, New York Times, June 2013

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 22,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, THE ARCHIVE - a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported gay and lesbian artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the gay and lesbian art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors.

The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free, and hours are 12pm-6pm Tuesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Monday and all major holidays. The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation is a non-profit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. The Museum can be reached at 212-431-2609.

About the Kyamara Gallery
The Kymara Gallery, founded in 1985 in Kennebunkport, Maine, promotes and preserves the creative accomplishments of artists and musicians whose work may not be exhibited in a traditional gallery space or may be destroyed due to its subject matter under other circumstances. The gallery celebrates human sexuality, love, and social commentary through fine art, performance, and music in a supportive environment. Regularly scheduled shows are held at the gallery space and with community partners who share the same vision of artistic freedom. Happenings are three-day events that illustrate as accurately as possible historic moments in the rise of the artistic underground. Health education is always included at our events on such topics as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and other public health issues. The Gallery promotes both established and emerging artists and musicians. For more information: Kymara.com.

Oliver Klaassen
Oliver Klaassen finished his study program in Art and Media and Material Culture at Carl of Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. Currently, he is researching the (re-)presentation of the LGBTQ community in museums and exhibitions. After finishing an internship in the Schwules Museum* in Berlin last summer, Klaassen is now an intern at the Leslie-Lohman Museum through September, 2013, where he is working on various projects including background research for the upcoming exhibition SEX!ART!MUSIC!, curated by Kymara Lonergan, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2014.

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