I am honored to be premiering new work at one of my favorite spaces for art in San Francisco, Catherine Clark Gallery. This new body of work relates to the Beautility/Stairfall Series (pictured below at Headlands Center for the Arts, 2015) and interacts with the work of artist Kambui Olujimi
Thrilled to be performing in NYC again September 27 at Pangea. So honored to be joined by the brilliant Nath Ann Carrera.
Tickets here. Show 7PM doors at 6PM.
Spread the word!
Sometimes I forget to Google myself. Not my favorite use of time. I’d rather see or make some art. But occasionally I must make sure there isn’t something out there that I’m missing. This last time my friends, I found a gem…
- Good news – ODC Theater received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support some of my upcoming and ongoing work included in their Gender in Translation* programming. Congratulations to us!
- More good news – because of the above, I seem to have become a poster girl of sorts. On several conservative websites I am the face of the GARBAGE funded by the NEA! A great honor indeed, not only to have some of my work funded, but also to represent what is most hated by those whose values I disagree with most. Bring it on. #neafaux
Recently I was talking with my friend and mentor, political artist and activist Keith Hennessy, about whether I make political art. Well here I am, an out and proud political artist.
Seriously though, if you read the content of these sites you really get to step outside the bubble of creative freedom and support that we enjoy in our communities. You’ll start out laughing and end up horrified to see just how frighteningly racist and homophobic their voices are.
We need to double down this election season. This isn’t news. The right-wing bigots are paying attention and we need to as well. If smart people step away in critical anger, no matter how righteous, the bigots win.
I am so proud of the work my community has done, from the monumental to the local. From Black Lives Matter, to Save Our Stud, to #mynameis, we are capable of coming together in solidarity. The voices on the other side, who believe the government should cease to support artists of color, queer and feminist artists are the same ones who make it possible for Trump’s voice to ring so harshly in our ears. These websites seem like the lunatic fringe. A year ago we thought he was too.
Let’s come together in November to make our voices heard.
Apologies to Kegan Marling, whose fabulous photo was used on this ugly website.
*These sites mis-named ODC’s programming which supported my work, and probably got a lot of other facts wrong.
All Drag is Faux Drag and Faux Drag is REAL: Drag Performance with Fauxnique
photo: Molly DeCodreaux
At Pieter as part of Queer Biennial Los Angeles
Saturday June 18, 2016 12pm to 3pm
Sunday June 19, 4 – 7pm with Showing at 8pm
Please RSVP to: Monique Jenkinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
These are exciting times for dismantling boundaries of gender identity. So how can we say who gets to be a real drag queen and who is faux? Legendary boundary-breaker Fauxnique (the first cis-female drag queen to win a major pageant) leads an expedition through the layers of our femme artifice and authenticity. In this workshop we will rigorously honor practices of drag tradition, and boldly expand definitions of drag performance.
We will work quickly, using found costumes, creating costumes from unusual materials and finally, generating performances directly inspired, influenced and propelled by the intersection of our movement and our drag. Fauxnique will provide a drag bag full of goodies and crafting supplies. Wear clothing that you can move in and layer on top of (leggings & t-shirts, etc.). Be prepared to move and WERQ.
Pieter is a community space. A refuge for dancer-people and their friends. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, Pieter’s performances, artist residencies, workshops, classes and subsidized rehearsal space nourish and support creativity and experimentation. Pieter is a safe space for people of all kinds.
Thursday June 2 I perform my feminist cabaret show The F Word in New Orleans!
My dear drag family Harlequeen & Gregory G have started a performance series of which I am honored to be a part.
Honor Thy Mother Presents Fauxnique: The F Word!
8PM at Three Keys in the Ace Hotel
Fauxnique & The F Word in the press