Dirty Looks: A One Man Show

Grace Jones Event

Archived Event

No Longer Showing.

Dirty Looks, a bi-coastal platform for queer experimental film, video and performance, returns to The Kitchen to screen A One Man Show, Grace Jones’s remarkable concert video, introduced by Tavia Nyong'o and Bradford Nordeen with video by artist Rashaad Newsome. In 1982, Jones collaborated with photographer Jean-Paul Goude, translating their iconic and trailblazing album artwork for the new, home video format. A thrilling showcase for the former disco diva-cum-New Wave chanteuse, the tape combines rock ribaldry with avant-garde theater, tearing asunder racial and gender stereotypes. Jones writes of the tape in her memoirs, “It was like the invention of a new genre, related to the musical, to opera, to circus, to cinema, to documentary, to the art gallery… It was about rejecting normal, often quite sentimental and conventionally crowd-pleasing ways of projecting myself as a black singer and female entertainer, because those ways had turned into clichés, which kept me pent up in a cage. I wanted to jolt the adult world that is traditionally left bland by white men, to shatter certain kinds of smugness through performance and theater.”

February 8 at 8pm
Tickets $10

Online tickets for this show are sold out. A waiting list will start at 7pm, in person at the box office the night of the screening.

This event is made possible with support in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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