Malik Gaines on Sylvester

Malik Gaines on Sylvester  | Events Calendar

E Village / LES

The Artist's Institute | 163 Eldridge St

Artist and scholar Malik Gaines discusses the performances of Sylvester, who was a member of San Francisco's Cockettes troupe before becoming a disco superstar of the 1970s. Sylvester combined a queer performance of gender with signs and sounds of musical virtuosity, making a unique contribution to his era. Gaines considers Sylvester among other radical performers in his forthcoming book Excesses of the Sixties: Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left.

Gaines' talk is in conjunction with the first exhibition of Hilton Als' season at the The Artist's Institute, One Man Show: Holly, Candy, Bobbie and the Rest, on view through April 24, 2016.