Sunday, February 5, 2006

Fame as Form

Camp: The Factory Responds to Sontag

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in Association with SF Camerawork

Susan Sontag wrote ‘Notes on Camp’ in 1964, which put performance of identity on the road to high culture. Warhol’s 1965 rejoinder, Camp features Mario Montez, Gerard Malanga, Baby Jane Holzer, Tally Brown, Jack Smith, and others in a variety show format put on in the foil festooned Factory. Malanga emcees and recites poetry, Tally Brown imitates Yma Sumac, Paul Swan dances, and Smith’s over-the-top minimalism is just short of a refusal to perform that implies camp is not a pose or a praxis, but a way of life. Also screening is the short compilation of Screen Tests, Four of Andy Warhol’s Most Beautiful Women. (Konrad Steiner)