Sunday, February 18, 2007

Oppositional and Stigmatized Cinema

Program 1: Forbidden and Taboo

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

This screening includes work that breaks erotic taboos, going beyond the acceptable. Barbara Rubin’s 1963 Christmas on Earth uses double projection of overlapping and orgiastic images to present a document of radical heterosexual cinema and assault the aesthetic discourse on contemporary art forms, including performance and chance operations involving the projectionist. Andy Warhol’s Blow Job reveals the pleasure of, but not the actual act of sexual gratification. In Hermes Bird, James Broughton lifts the male member to the sky. Peggy Ahwesh’s The Color of Love and Tony Wu’s More Intimacy use sexually explicit images to confront and reveal taboo, veiled worlds. (Caroline Savage and Janis Crystal Lipzin)

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