Contemporary Drag:
The Drag Explosion with Linda Simpson

Photo courtesy of Lucas Michael

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A narrated slideshow of Simpson’s photographs documenting NYC’s drag-queen scene from the late 1980’s through the mid 1990’s.

Contemporary Drag, curated by Gordon Robichaux, is an expansive program of performances, video screenings, panel discussions, curated books, and a special collection of artist collaborations with Print All Over Me for NADA x PAOM.

In the words of drag philosopher Ru Paul, “You are born naked, and everything else is drag.” Inspired by a wide range of historical and contemporary precedents— Marcel Duchamp’s Rose Sélavy, the Pyramid Club, Wigstock, Jackie 60, Squeezebox, and the recent explosion of a new generation of drag with Chez Deep and House of Bushwig—Contemporary Drag features a wide range of intergenerational artists, performers, and cultural figures, and will highlight their engagement with drag as a radical form of art, theater, and politics.