The Queen was filmed in NYC in 1967 and released in theaters in 1968. In 1967 it was illegal for men to dress as women. The documentary follows a 1967 Drag pageant judged by Andy Warhol among others. It stars Jack Doroshow aka Flawless Mother Sabrina, Richard Finochio aka Rachel Harlow and Crystal LaBeija. Crystal went on to start The House of LaBeija pageants which was the premise of the 90’s documentary “Paris is Burning.” In 1972 Richard Finochio underwent sex reassignment surgery to become Rachel Harlow, she began dating John B. Kelly, Grace Kelly’s brother. The relationship ended when John’s mother said she would disinherit him if he married Rachel. Rachel opened the Philadelphia night club “Harlow’s” in the 1970’s. The only person to surface since this classic film was made is Jack Doroshow when he was interviewed by James St. James on youtube. International Chrysis (1951-1990) can be seen as a teenage boy rehearsing dance numbers. These are the Queens who opened the doors for RuPaul and RuPaul’s Drag Race of today. via MyLifeasPhil
THE WEIRD & WONDERFUL JUKEBOX COMICS… SEE ELLA FITZGERALD, COUNT BASIE, DINAH SHORE & KATE (((FUCKING))) SMITH… IN ACTION!!!
Jukebox Comics! Who knew!? Really fun & warped comic book stories featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Lawrence Welk, Count Basie, Dinah Shore, Kate Smith and others. I’ve included a few of my faves here. Never knew there were ever comic book stories of these music stars. Really amusing pop culture artifact…
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Artist Richard Hawkins tours Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. “Tom of Finland” (1920-1991), at MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Hawkins, who guest co-curated the exhibition with MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, examines selections from the first-ever presentation of catalogue boards of Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild studios, which to him are enthusiastic celebrations of everyday youth and beauty, as well as Tom of Finland’s pencil drawings and pen-and-ink illustrations of radical sexuality.
As an artist who has produced collage work, Hawkins pays particular attention to Finland’s collage binders, which appear to investigate icons of popular culture for their innate “hotness.” In light of the sexual freedoms still denied in Russia, the “titillating, thrilling and sex-positive” work created by Mizer and Tom of Finland decades ago remains as relevant today.
Paper Tricks: Richard Hawkins on Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland
Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, currently on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, is the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most significant figures of twentieth century erotic art and forefathers of an emergent post-war gay culture. The exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland’s masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s rarely seen photo-collage “catalogue boards” and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and guest co-curator Richard Hawkins, the exhibition is presented with the full collaboration of the Bob Mizer Foundation, El Cerrito, and the Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.
SHOWSTUDIO: Peter De Potter is an artist from Belgium. De Potter studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, and currently lives and works in Antwerp. He garnered attention for his 2001 to 2010 collaboration with Raf Simons. The collaboration was initially focused on one collection, but soon expanded to a continued, lengthy relationship. De Potter served as a consultant, assisting with concepts, as well as providing artwork – both images and words – for Simon’s prints. De Potter also designed and art directed Raf Simon’s book ‘Redux’, as well as the Raf Simons ‘Repeat’ installation for Pitti Immagine 2005.
In 2004 De Potter presented his video installation ‘The Young Gods’ during another Pitti project in Florence, titled ‘NEO80’. In 2011 he had an entry in ‘Transmission1 – Avant/Garde Diaries’ in Berlin, where he showed sections of his series ‘Image Machine’. Although De Potter has been producing art for the last fifteen years – photography, text, collage, appropriation – he only began to ‘officially’ establish himself in the art world in the last three years. He is notable for taking a less traditional art route by showing sections of his work directly on the internet, mainly via Tumblr pages that each show a specific series.
ARTHUR GILLET in voice & motion (RAISE magazine #15/ BODY issue & OPEN THE GATE interview) via David B.
Like every friday at 9pm, www.souvenirsfromearth.tv invites the BRAUTHER’S Production with OPEN THE GATE. A TV show to give voices to the one that have a lifestyle and talent that talks for them-self. Here outfits are not enought. We wanna know more about Arthur Gillet! this kid will never stop to surprise us!
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Charles, Corentin, Jules Raynal, Knut and Sylvester Ulv captured by Damien Blottière and styled by Aurélien Storny + Alexandre Misericordia for the issue #7 of Candy magazine. via FOREVER YOUNG
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Uncomfortable in comfortable clothes, Aymeric’s style pays homage not to common convenience but to 19th-century kings, such as Ludwig of Bavaria, and 20th-century heroines, like Marlene Dietrich. As the Parisian stylist and artist announces, “You can aspire to be whoever you want to be.”
Find out more about Aymeric here: http://stylelik.eu/1d6Uald
“Generally these days I don’t post much completed work. This blog serves as an indiscreet extension of my studio..a symptoms of my promiscuous aesthetic misadventures” – Peter Maloney
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