Part of We Remember Stories, Not Facts: Wu Tsang in Residence
Jonathan Oppenheim is the editor of Paris is Burning, a 1990 documentary about Harlem’s House and Ball culture. Ivan Monforte works with Gay Men’s Health Crisis to help provide HIV prevention education to the House and Ball community and will be organizing this year’s twenty-first annual Latex Ball at Roseland Ballroom. This discussion with artist in residence Wu Tsang (presented as part of his residency We Remember Stories, Not Facts) revisits the context and impact of Paris is Burning and considers the role that editing plays in documentary storytelling and the politics of representation. Excerpts and outtakes from Paris is Burning and other works edited by Oppenheim are featured.
Jonathan Oppenheim’s other editing credits include Sister Helen, which won the documentary directing award at Sundance, and Children Underground, a film he co-produced, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Sundance Special Jury Prize, Gotham, and IDA awards. He edited the classic documentary feature Paris Is Burning, awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance as well as the New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and IDA Awards. Most recently, Oppenheim edited and co-produced The Oath, a highly acclaimed psychological portrait of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard.
New York-based Ivan Monforte was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He received a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and an MFA from New York University in 2004. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004. He has shown at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Longwood Art Gallery, the Queens Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, Artists Space as part of PERFORMA05, Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, La MaMa Galleria, and Socrates Sculpture Park. He is the recipient of a UCLA Art Council Award, a Lambent Fellowship in the Arts from the Tides Foundation, and an Art Matters grant for research in Samoa. He has participated in residencies at Sidestreet Projects, Lower East Side Print Shop, Center for Book Arts, and Smack Mellon.
About Wu Tsang in Residence
We Remember Stories, Not Facts is a series of contextualizing and investigative programs conceived in collaboration with Wu Tsang as part of his residency at the New Museum this June. Each program is designed to illuminate and expand upon various aspects of Tsang’s new film and performance project Full Body Quotation (FBQ). FBQ samples audio clips and quotations from the unknown (and known) cannon of transgender cinema—channeling them into live performance. In the tradition of drag realness, Tsang maintains a studied and irreverent relationship to the social “realities” that produced the original films. By appropriating, re-embodying, and remixing these voices, FBQ explores self-representation and context as a performance in and of itself. Conceived as a follow-up to the performance PIG (Politically Involved Girls), which was presented last year at X-Initative in collaboration with Zackary Drucker and Marriana Marroquin, this is Tsang’s directorial debut. The New Museum presents FBQ as a live performance in November as part of Performa 2011, with subsequent exhibitions of a resulting short film in 2012.
Wu Tsang is a performer and filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles. His projects have been presented at X-Initiative (New York), Sala de Art Publico Siqueiros (Mexico City), Oberhausen (Germany), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and the 2010 California Biennial. Tsang was a 2010 Independent Filmmaker Project Documentary Fellow for his first feature WILDNESS (currently in post-production).
Friday, June 10, 2011 | 7:00 PM