Opening reception Saturday, September 21st, Solstice Party, 6-9pm.
Opening reception Friday, August 30th, 6-9pm.
Readings, 7:30 pm
Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collection The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). The collection One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses is will be released in September from McSweeney’s Books.
Stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, New Stories From the South: The Year’s Best and many other places. She’s been a fellow at Breadloaf and Sewanee, and a resident at Yaddo and the Radar Lab. She spent 2012-13 living at the American Academy in Rome as the 2012 John Guare Fellow in Literature. She is at work on a novel, The Swank Hotel.
Lucy Corin has a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Brown. She’s an Associate Professor at University of California, Davis where she teaches in the English Department and Creative Writing Program along with fiction writers Pam Houston, Lynn Freed, and Yiyun Li, and poets Joshua Clover, Joe Wenderoth, and Alan Williamson.
Lisa Cohen's All We Know: Three Lives was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012 and was a finalist for National Book Critics Circle, PEN, and Lambda Literary Foundation awards. The paperback appears in September 2013.
Cohen's writing has also appeared in Vogue, The Paris Review, Fashion Theory, Bookforum, GLQ, Ploughshares, Boog City, Barrow Street, Lit, Newsday, the Voice Literary Supplement, and other journals and anthologies.
Lisa Cohen teaches in the English Department at Wesleyan University.
All We Know: Three Lives is at once a series of intimate portraits and an investigation into style, celebrity, sexuality, and the genre of biography itself. Esther Murphy was a brilliant New York intellectual who dazzled friends and strangers with an unstoppable flow of conversation, but never finished the books she was contracted to write. The quintessential fan, Mercedes de Acosta also had intimate friendships with the legendary actresses and dancers of the twentieth century and she created a collection that continues to preserve their memory. An icon of haute couture and a fashion editor of British Vogue, Madge Garland held bracing views on dress that drew on her feminism, her thinking about modernity, and her love of women. Existing both vividly and invisibly at the center of cultural life in the twentieth century, these three women are now almost forgotten. All We Know explores this hidden history of modernism and pays tribute to their lives.
What is the nature of inspiration? What responses does art invoke in a viewer? How do we make connections between what we see and our own interior lives? Poets Elizabeth Bradfield and Amy Dryansky will try and lift the veil in this non-traditional poetry reading. Each will read poems—their own and possibly those of others—that resonate with what’s on the walls of the gallery. Art, inspiration, image voice: join us for an evening of unique convergences.
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of two poetry collections: Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Orion, The Believer, Poetry and she has been awarded the Audre Lorde Prize and a Stegner Fellowship, among other honors. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press (website), she lives on Cape Cod and works as a naturalist and teacher. She is the current Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and she teaches in the low-residency MFA program at University of Alaska Anchorage. website.
Amy Dryansky's newest poetry collection, Grass Whistle, was released in 2013 by Salmon Poetry. Her first book, How I Got Lost So Close To Home, was published by Alice James Books and individual poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Orion, The New England Reviewand Harvard Review. Dryansky has received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She’s also a former Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mt. Holyoke College, where she looked at the impact of motherhood on the work of women poets. Dryansky currently works for a regional land trust and teaches in the writing program at Hampshire College.
Thalia Zedek started her career as a musician in the groups White Women and Dangerous Birds, whose 1982 singles “Alpha Romeo”, "Smile On Your Face", and "Walking Emergency" are rare finds these days. She really made her mark shortly thereafter with Uzi, whose 1986 Homestead release Sleep Asylum was a landmark not only for the Boston region but for the underground in general. It rightfully put Thalia in the company of other challenging female pioneers such as Kim Gordon, and was reissued by Matador in the mid-1990’s to much acclaim. In 1998, a mere two years after Uzi, Thalia broke new ground again with the NYC band Live Skull. The three records that she released with them more than stand the test of time and laid the groundwork for artists who followed such as PJ Harvey. They laid the ground work for artists to follow such as PJ Harvey. It was with Come that Thalia rose with the swell of popularity of so called Indie Rock. Fueled by the guitar interplay between herself and bandmate Chris Brokaw, Come released four full length records, Eleven-Eleven, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Near Life Experience, and Gently Down The Stream as well as various EP's and singles and toured extensively throughout the 90s.
After Come ended in 1999, Thalia began writing and recording under her own name, but throughout her career Thalia’s voice has remained a singular calling card. Her songwriting has great depth and a pervading melancholic tone much like the work of Nick Cave. She has chosen unusual instrumentation to compliment her guitar, such as the viola and trumpet contributions of David Michael Curry and Mel Lederman on piano and keyboard. Her songs are rich in texture and reveal with each listen their delicately crafted layers. Her debut album for Thrill Jockey, 2004’s Trust Not Those in Whom Without Some Touch of Madness, garnered great critical acclaim, and the Adelaide performance on her Australian tour for that album even earned a spot on The Wire magazine’s top 60 Greatest Shows Ever. In addition, Thalia has released several singles and EPs such as You're A Big Girl Now and two other full-length albums, Liars and Prayers and Been Here And Gone. With a new album on the way this fall, we can look forward to being treated to a voice that miraculously continues to grow and plumb new creative and insightful depths.
On the most recent release, Via, Zedek presents a collection of songs that range from the harrowing to the heartfelt. The opener “Walk Away” is a triumphantly melancholic exploration of living with ghosts, with Zedek’s richly emotive voice augmented by David Michael Curry’s gravelly viola and Mel Lederman’s measured piano. Via is an album about recovery, loyalty, chance, and gratitude: universal themes that become stirring in Zedek’s hands.
The album was written during two distinct sessions over the course of four years. The first set of songs was written during the period of touring after the release of Liars and Prayers with longtime drummer Daniel Coughlin, who was also in Come. After Coughlin’s departure from the band, Zedek recruited Son Volt drummer Dave Bryson, who’s simple, spacious playing allowed her to stretch and experiment with new sounds and ideas. It was recorded by Andrew Schneider at New Alliance and Translator Audio in June and September of 2012. Via has a gravitational field, a magnetic pull brought on by the weight of the words and the mass of the sounds created. Regardless of her status as a pioneering woman in independent rock, Thalia Zedek’s music stands on its own in its startling honesty.
“One of the strongest vocalists and most pronounced creative presences in music.” - Harp Magazine
“Since 1981, Boston-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Thalia Zedek has been making excrutiating emotional rock music... Nothing draws as much blood as the work of this songwriter, one of the most painfully honest and brilliant anywhere.” - Time Out New York
Billy Hough, from the legendary punk band garageDogs, sings, screams, rants, and fights his way through the history of rock-n-roll. Accompanied on bass and eyerolls by the hysterically accurate Susan Goldberg (Space Pussy, Dirty Blonde), the duo have earned a provocative reputation for themselves by finding the midpoint between piano bar and horror movie.
Their first album, Scream Along With Billy: The Album, was released to universal acclaim, given an honorable mention for 2009 by esteemed rock critic Robert Christgau, and was picked up by Marc Jacobs for distribution in his stores worldwide. Their second album VENICE came out to much critical praise in earlier this year.
Billy and Sue are currently into their 8th Season in Provincetown covering over 157 albums to date! Their shows happen each Tuesday and Friday night, 11pm, at the Grotta Bar, and are not for children.
“The bravest thing I’ve seen in 20 years.” - John Waters
“Kept the audience mesmerized. Absurdist theater can happen anywhere, especially if it’s kept alive by artists like Hough…” - Hilton Als, The New Yorker
“Billy Hough is touched by genius, a word I don’t use often or lightly.” - Michael Cunningham
“Anything can happen. And does.” - Ann Wood, Provincetown Magazine
Anne Stott is a singer/songwriter based in Provincetown, MA. Her last album, PENNSYLVANIA, was produced by Jack Petruzzelli (Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright) and contains songs ranging from rock ballad to alt country groove to spoken word anthem. Fueled by restlessness and desire, Anne's sound lives in the space between irish folk singer and seventies rock band. The UMass Lowell Connector said, "Anne's music speaks more of...the conflicts we're made of rather than the conflicts we've made." She recently completed Everything is Different All Over Again, a limited edition compilation of poems, thoughts, and sketches. website
Opening reception Friday, August 16nd, 6-9pm.
This well-crafted family memoir is about the stories that are told and the ones that are not told, and about the ways the meanings of the stories change down the generations. It is about memory and the spaces between memories, and about alienation and reconciliation.
All of Amy Hoffman’s grandparents came to the United States during the early twentieth century from areas in Poland and Russia that are now Belarus and Ukraine. Like millions of immigrants, they left their homes because of hopeless poverty, looking for better lives or at the least a chance of survival. Because of the luck, hard work, and resourcefulness of the earlier generations, Hoffman and her five siblings grew up in a middle-class home, healthy, well fed, and well educated. An American success story? Not quite—or at least not quite the standard version. Hoffman’s research in the Ellis Island archives along with interviews with family members reveal that the real lives of these relatives were far more complicated and interesting than their documents might suggest.
Hoffman and her siblings grew up as observant Jews in a heavily Catholic New Jersey suburb, as political progressives in a town full of Republicans, as readers in a school full of football players and their fans.
As a young lesbian, she distanced herself from her parents, who didn’t understand her choice, and from the Jewish community, with its organization around family and unquestioning Zionism. However, both she and her parents changed and evolved, and by the end of this engaging narrative, they have come to new understandings, of themselves and one another.
“The tales in this book, replete with conflicting versions and impeccable comic timing, have clearly been refined over multiple generations.Hoffman is at her hilarious best. Who would have thought that a memoir about a functional family could be so wrenching, and so hysterically funny?” — Alison Bechdel, author of Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama
"Lies About My Family is a marvelous, wonderful memoir. Hoffman has a way of depicting people and their foibles, strengths and courage and also what she perceives as their failures, but it is without rancor. There are no axes to grind here. The memoir is neither harsh nor pretentious. It simply is.” — Bettina Aptheker, author of Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel
“An all-American coming-of-age story about a nice Jewish lesbian and her large family. Amy Hoffman’s wise memoir embraces three generations and the ‘lies’ (mostly true) they tell about themselves and each other.” — Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent
“Lies About My Family, by turns sorrowful and hilarious, is a hugely satisfying read, full of detail and dialogue, a solid memoir of a flesh and blood American family, the Hoffman family.” — Kate Clinton, author of Don't Get Me Started
Hoffman is editor in chief of Women's Review of Books and a faculty member in the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. She is author of An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the “Gay Community News” and Hospital Time. She has been an editor at Gay Community News, South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts and Emerson College and served as development director for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Women's Lunch Place, a daytime shelter for homeless women. She has served on the boards of Gay Community News, GLAD, Sojourner, and Boston's LGBT History Project. Hoffman has a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Boston with her wife, Roberta Stone, and is currently working on a novel set in Provincetown. website
Urvashi Vaid's leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement spans more than 30 years.
Vaid is author of Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus Books, 2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Lesbian and Gay LiberationAnchor Books, 1996); and co-editor with John D’Emilio and William Turner of Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin’s Press, 2000).
Follow this link to a review of Vaid's new book by Doug Ireland of Gay City News.She is a former Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, and was Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Program at the Ford Foundation. She was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), and was staff attorney for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Currently the Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, Vaid is working on a book about how sexual and gender-justice movements can effectively engage tradition-based resistance. She is a member of the Board of the Gill Foundation, and of LPAC (the lesbian Super-PAC, which she co-founded in 2012).
Vaid is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.
Opening reception Friday, August 2nd, 6-9pm.
Peter Donnelly has been living, writing and performing in Provincetown for more than twenty years. His songwriting and performance style is well suited to Amp’s unplugged, parlor like setting... And a Provincetown summer evening. He has also successfully organized and hosted the coffeehouse series at the Mews for the past 23 years, bringing writers and musicians together on those chilly off-season Monday nights.
Shelley Marlow is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Exhibitions include a solo show at Trial Balloon Gallery; and group shows at PS1; Brooklyn Museum; Valentine Gallery; Eigen and Art Gallery of Leipzig; Expo Art, Bologna; and Temple University Rome Gallery, Rome. Her art appears in Drunken Boat folio; LTTR journal; AllUpinit magazine; The Literary Review; and Zingmagazine. She wrote the book/lyrics for the feminist musical, UnKnot Turandot, (La Mama). She presented International Witch Stories at the 48th Venice Biennale. Marlow wrote the manuscripts titled Two Augusts in a Row in a Row, and Lesbians of Arabia. Marlow has read from her prose from New York City to St. Petersburg, Russia. Anne Wolfe wrote about Marlow's essay published in the St. Petersburg Review, Notes in Kyzyl, "describes a woman traveling across Russia, looking to meet a shaman...... Her true story of self-discovery takes one on a trip further out of the ordinary, bending one’s mind more than much fiction.".
Michael Cunningham is the author of several novels including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Laws for Creations, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Yale University, and makes his home in New York City and Provincetown.
Melanie Braverman is the author of the poetry collection RED, winner of the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Poetry Award. She has served, most recently, as Poet in Residence at Brandeis University. The work presented at AMP is an excerpt from a novel in progress called The Strands.
You're invited to join us for the opening of a special one night only exhibition by 30 visual artists, video & film makers' interpretations of Go Go Boys & Go Go Girls!! It promises to be a evening of art lust! French Pop, 60s go go, swamp & other bump & grind sound-scapes curated by John Pusateri.
Opening reception Friday, July 19th, 6-9pm.
Leading Humanity in a Path to Global Peace and calmer weather patterns ... is the powerful dynamic that inspires Linda Ohlson Graham's award-winning fine photography and ecstatic poetry.
Linda feels an intimate connection to the cosmos: she has sailed thousands of miles with the night sky in view: 4 hours on ... 4 hours off throughout the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Central and South America, even off shore to Cape Cod one spring. This experience has rooted her more deeply in her desire to contribute to WORLD PEACE and calmer weather patterns.
Linda also lived in (1984-93) and co-directed (1984-96) the J.M.W. Turner Museum in Denver, CO. During this time the Museum was chosen 'One of the 99 Finest Museums in America' by Atlantic Monthly.
From March 2010 through March 2012 she was Colorado District 2 co-ordinator for the Campaign to Establish a US Dept. of Peace. Linda led a lobbying team in the Washington, DC office of Congressman Jared Polis, who signed HR808 a few days later. In October 2010 Linda was named CO Department of Peace Poet Laureate. Her photography and spiritual writing portray the richness of her life's experience.
Linda extends an invitation to share her website.
Words and Pictures heralds all new work from cartoonist Jennifer Camper.
Jennifer Camper’s comics explore gender, race and class from an outsider’s (female, queer, and mongrel) perspective. The work also celebrates sexy women and ridicules stupidity. Camper became a cartoonist because she likes making art with both words and pictures. Also, all the tools of the trade are small and easy to shoplift.
Her books include Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, a collection of her cartoons, and subGURLZ, a graphic novella about three twisted women living in abandoned subway tunnels. Camper is also the founding editor of two Juicy Mother comix anthologies.
Her comics and illustrations have appeared in many publications including The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, The Advocate, Out, Gay Comix, Wimmin’s Comix, Young Lust, World War 3, and Funny Times. Her work has been published in many comix anthologies and she is the cartoon editor for The Women’s Review of Books. Her cartoons have been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish and Korean.
Camper’s art has been exhibited internationally, including at The New Museum,(NYC), Festival International de le Ban Desinee (Switzerland), The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, Kyoto Manga Museum, LadyFest (UK) Her comics and illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and comic books worldwide.
Gina Kamentsky creates kinetic sculptures which exist in the somewhat chaotic and messy real world and animated films for the screen where gravity is a bit less of a concern. Her current artistic concern involves invoking the sweet spot where representation and surface push and pull each other like a two-headed lama. She is pursuing this by drawing and painting images directly on film stock, a technique, known as Direct Animation.
She has been actively showing her animated films since 2002. Most recently her films have been featured at the 2012 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival; 2011 London International Animation Festival; Rooftop Films, NYC; Melbourne Animation Festival; Films at the Boston ICA; Boston Underground Film Festival; 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival; 30th Black Maria Film and Video Festival, where she was awarded the Director's Choice for House Bunny; Northern Flickers, Olympia Washington; 2010 Boston LGBT Film Festival; The Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole MA; Animation Block Party, Brooklyn NY; Ottawa Animation Festival, Ottawa CA; 2009 Cinemental, Cambridge MA; and the Arts Union, Somerville MA. website.
Quazi at the Quackadero 1975, Sally Cruikshank. 10:00
Teat Beat of Sex episodes 1-3; 2009, Signe Baumane 9:00
The Mechanism of Spring, Atsushi Wada 2010 4:20
The Deep Dark, Laura Heit, 2011 7:00
House Bunny, Gina Kamentsky, 2010 1:30
Secret Bee, Gina Kamentsky, 2010 2:30
Give Me a Pie (Premier!), Gina Kamentsky, 1:00
"I can talk a blue streak, I can talk till you're weak in the knees...I can weave tales so long that children go grey, that straight men go gay, that silent lonely grandmas seek solitude." From Big Mouth - Bobby Miller
Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry: Benestrific Blonde, Mouth Of Jane, Troubleblonde and Rigamarole. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award - winning Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Verses That Hurt: Pleasure And Pain From The Poemfone Poets, and The Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. He is also the author A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973–1983, Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005, Jackie 60 Nights, Amina, Queer Nation, Portraits: Volumes 1-3, Ptown Peeps : Volumes 1, 2 and 3, Forget Them Not, Fetish and Fairytale Folk.
As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dymetry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of My Life As I Remember It and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his piece Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters.
He has performed his original material at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Whitney Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, New York University, Westminster College, The Rhode Island School of Design, Bennington College, The American Crafts Museum, The New York Historical Society, The Massachusetts State Poetry Festival, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The CMJ Music Festivals, Jackie 60/Mother/ NYC, ARO.SPACE/Seattle, The Kitchen, LaMama etc., Dixon Place, P.S.122, Fez, and The Downtown Arts Festivals in lower Manhattan. He was also a winner in The National Poetry Slam as a member of The Nuyorican Poets and has performed internationally with poet John Giorno and alone at venues including The Tabernacle, The Battersee Arts Center and The ICA in London and The Glasgow Center For The Arts in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been seen on television on the PBS program City Arts and the BBC/PBS produced program The Clive James Hour. Mr. Miller also curated and hosted Verbal Abuse, a spoken word evening, the first Sunday of each month at Mother Nightclub in New York City.
Bobby Miller is also the recipient of a Jackie 60 Lifetime Achievement Award, four Jackie 60 Awards and a NYC Glamie Award. He makes his home in Provincetown, MA. website
Edmund White was born on January 13, 1940, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father was, according to White, "a small entrepreneur who made a lot of money and then lost most of it during the time when small businessmen were being superceded by big corporations." When White was seven his parents divorced, and he went with his mother and sister to live on the outskirts of Chicago. Summers were spent with his father in Cincinnati.
In his 1991 essay titled Out of the Closet, Onto the Bookshelf, White has written, "As a young teenager I looked desperately for things to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one, that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together. In the early 1950s, the only books I could find in the Evanston, Illinois, Public Library were Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (which suggested that homosexuality was fetid, platonic and death-dealing) and the biography of Nijinsky by his wife (in which she obliquely deplored the demonic influence of the impresario Diaghilev on her saintly husband, the great dancer—an influence that in this instance had produced not death but madness)."
White attended the exclusive Cranbrook Academy, and later majored in Chinese at the University of Michigan. Moving to New York City ("in pursuit of someone I later captured and lived with for five years"), he worked for Time-Life Books from 1962 until 1970. He writes, "I never considered myself a company man. I rushed home from work to my apartment on MacDougal Street, ate something and promptly went to bed. At eleven I would rise, dress as a hippie, and head out for the bars." After a year's sojourn in Rome, White returned to the U.S., where he served as an editor at The Saturday Review and Horizon.
Beginning in the mid-1970s, he and six other gay New York writers—Andrew Holleran, Robert Ferro, Felice Picano, George Whitmore, Christopher Cox, and Michael Grumley—formed a casual club known as the Violet Quill. Meeting in one another's apartments, they would read and critique one another's work, then move on to high tea. Together they represented a flowering of the kind of gay writing Edmund White as a teenager in Illinois had longed to discover. White's novels include his allegorical fantasia on Fire Island life, Forgetting Elena (1973), Nocturnes for the King of Naples (1978), and the first two volumes of a projected autobiographical tetralogy, A Boy's Own Story (1982) and The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988). White completed the tetraology with The Farewell Symphony (1997) and The Married Man (2000).
In 1983 he moved to France; when he returned in 1990 it was to a literary landscape devastated by AIDS. Four members of the Violet Quill—Ferro, Grumley, Cox and Whitmore—had died, as well as numerous other promising young writers such as Tim Dlugos and John Fox. White's two closest friends, the critic David Kalstone and his editor Bill Whitehead, were also dead from the disease. He has written, "For me, these losses were definitive. The witnesses to my life, the people who had shared the same references and sense of humor, were gone. The loss of all the books they might have written remains incalculable."
Although White is known as a novelist whose work has been widely praised by such writers as Vladimir Nabokov and Susan Sontag, it is as a cultural critic that White has perhaps had his greatest influence. Urbane, knowing, sophisticated, he has chronicled gay life in the seventies through the nineties with wit and insight. He has become a grand arbiter of taste, though he has been criticized for the narrowness of that taste—especially after his 1992 anthology Gay Short Fiction contained no writing by men of color. Nevertheless, his 1980 travelogue States of Desire: Travels in Gay America remains a classic if insouciant (and now poignant) look at gay life at a particular cultural moment just before the onslaught of AIDS. His pioneering 1977 The Joy of Gay Sex: An Intimate Guide for Gay Men to the Pleasures of a Gay Life, written with Dr. Charles Silverstein, introduced millions, gay and straight and curious alike, to a brave new world of sexual practices and lifestyle.
The cumulative effect of White's presence simultaneously within so many different genres was to begin to define, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the parameters of "gay culture," whatever that evolving entity might be. AIDS, of course, has darkened all that, and White has written of the dilemma facing gay writers today: "Some . . . think that it's unconscionable to deal with anything [other than AIDS]; others believe that since gay culture is in imminent danger of being reduced to a single issue, one that once again equates homosexuality with a dire medical condition, the true duty of gay writers is to remind readers of the wealth of gay accomplishments. Only in that way, they argue, will a gay heritage be passed down to a post-plague generation." White's own choice has been clear: his most recent work is a monumental biography of the French novelist and playwright Jean Genet that celebrates this treasure of our gay heritage, and argues for the centrality of Genet's homosexuality to any consideration of his oeuvre. As for Edmund White, he and his work—privileged, literate, sophisticated, hedonistic—remain central to any consideration of gay male upper-middle-class life in late 20th-century America.
Michael Cunningham is the author of several novels including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Laws for Creations, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Yale University, and makes his home in New York City and Provincetown.
Opening reception Friday, July 5th, 6-9pm.
Bill Berry was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He started writing in the 4th grade, and produced his first novella, a haunted house story, at the age of 13. As a young teenager, he wrote mostly horror, but dabbled in science fiction, mystery, play-writing, and erotica. Years later he became entrenched in the “Post-Movements,” and his fiction took on some of the more post-structural aspects of language and story. Berry has presented his work at Wayne State University In Detroit, The Bower Poetry Club in New York, Boston University in Boston, and other venues. He has been published in several small literary magazines, as well as online through Unlikely Stories, Ignavia Press, and Pulp Bits. His work has also appeared in several anthologies. As a professor, he has given presentations on writing, facilitated discussions and workshops, and published scholarly works on identity and language in writing. His writing can presently be found on Amazon in their Kindle Book store. website
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6-9pm | Katrina del Mar, Amanda Pollock, & Sarah Greenwood, an evening of Readings & Music: Saturday, June 15, 7-9:30 | Also, check out the 2013 Provincetown International Film Festival for tickets & screen times at AMP.
Katrina Del Mar is a New York-based photographer and award winning film director. Her first film, Gang Girls 2000, shot on super 8mm, invited comparisons to the legendary Kenneth Anger. The follow up, Surf Gang, about a gang of women surfers from Rockaway Beach, landed del Mar a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival 2006, and was screened at the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France. Her latest film project, Hell on Wheels Gang Girls Forever!, completes the Girl Gang Trilogy and was the recipient of the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit. Del Mar continues to screen her work locally and internationally to great acclaim.
Recent screenings include Girl Gang Trilogy, Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2012; Super 8 Film Portraits, curated by Stephanie Gray, Millennium Film Workshop, NY, 2012; Surf Gang (excerpt), Sound & Light, and winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012; Girl Gang Trilogy, Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; and Girl Gang Trilogy, Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012. website
GIRL GANG TRILOGY, directed by Katrina del Mar
GANG GIRLS 2000
Super 8mm 27 minutes 2000
The Glitter Girls, an upstart gang of bike riding cuties run into a little trouble when they cross not only the Sluts of Brooklyn but also the famous Blades of Chinatown. The Rumble is set for Coney Island. How will it all go down? "powerful" "a genius movie" 4 1/2 star review, Film Threat Magazine.
Super 8mm / Video 25 min. 2005
Two sisters are orphaned by drunks and are left to fend for themselves. One of them disappears into the sea, and the other forms a gang, The Rockaway Ruffnecks, New York City surfers. They run afoul of a local mob boss, and go on a violent odyssey intermittently giving way to fantasy surf sessions. Awarded Best Experimental Film, Planet Out Short Movie Awards and the NYFA Fellowship in Video.
HELL ON WHEELS GANG GIRLS FOREVER!
HD Video/ Super 8mm 36 min. 2010
Brooklyn girl gang member Krank, after being shot in a mysterious guinea pig lab rescue incident, comes home from the hospital in a wheelchair to find her cats are gone, her mother is still insane and her gang is kicking her out. She turns to her best friend, the Mechanic, who offers to turn her heap of crap wheelchair into a hot rod. Krank then joins the Outcasts, NYC girl gang wheel riders with a twist.
Diane Bonder made experimental film and videos, using Super 8 and 16mm. Her poetic semi-narrative and autobiographical films explore themes of identity, landscape, memory and loss.
She grew up in Northampton, MA and graduated with her BA from UMASS Amherst and studied photography at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. She received her MFA from Rutgers University in 1993. In 1996 Diane made Brooklyn, NY her home. She was an artist in residence at UCross (Wyoming) and Squeaky Wheel (Buffalo, NY) and received grants from NYFA and NYSCA. She maintained a longstanding relationship with Millennium Film Workshop, where she taught herself the optical printing techniques, which became part of her signature visual style.
Diane's award winning films have been screened at the Whitney Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Anthology Film Archives, NY, SF Cinematheque, Mix NYC and at many international film festivals, universities and curated screenings.
Her work continues to be screened around the world. Retrospective screenings of her work have been held at MOMA, NY, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY and Millennium Film Workshop, NY. website
FILMS, directed by Diane Bonder
I REMEMBER NOW, WE NEVER DANCED, I MISS YOU, GOODBYE, 16mm, 9 minutes, ©2006
YOU ARE NOT FROM HERE, Super 8 on video, 9 minutes, ©2005
CLOSER TO HEAVEN, 16mm, 15 minutes, ©2003
IF YOU LIVED HERE, YOU'D BE HOME BY NOW, 16mm, 15 minutes, ©2001
IF, 16mm, 12 minutes, ©2000
THE PHYSICS OF LOVE, Super 8 on video, 25 minutes, ©1998
An evening of Readings, Music & more in celebration of GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS. 7pm
Katrina del Mar is a New York-based artist, writer, filmmaker and commercial photographer, as well as an award winning director. Her work has been described as beautiful exuding an intimate chemistry and also as filth of the highest quality. Katrina herself has been described as a major league cutie, wild woman, the Lesbian Russ Meyer, and apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger. Katrina directs and produces independent films and music videos, commercials, reality television segments, short documentaries, and TV for the internet. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo gallery shows, museums, and club installations. website
AMP is very proud to bring Katrina del Mar to Provincetown with a significant part of an exhibition presented earlier this year at Participant Inc. in New York. Comprised of large-scale photographs, clusters of smaller prints, films, videos, and hand-made paperback books, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS brings together an alluring and potent body of work, “as transcendent as it is transgressive.” – Carlo McCormick, Photograph Magazine. The exhibition at AMP, from June 10-June 30, is in tandem with the Provincetown International Film Festival.
Sarah Greenwood is a songwriter and performer, born in Switzerland to British transplants. Graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Sarah is the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee. She released several well received eponymous EP's including 24 Hour Shift before forming GSX, known for its fiery live performances. Sarah's full length album Manifest was released in 2005 and GSX headlined and played both internationally, notably to a crowd of 50,000 in Reykjavik, Iceland and nationally, at notable venues including the Gramercy Theater and the notorious CBGB’s, where they opened for Joan Jett. The GSX videos Bringin' Me Down and I Got What I Came For directed by Katrina del Mar, both made the Top Ten on LOGO's Click List(MTV Networks). Sarah is currently working on a new record. She lives in New York City. website
“Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith.” - Boston Phoenix
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press, 2010). Her work has been widely anthologized and appeared in publications including Glamour, Salon, Dissent, The Southeast Review, New York Times, Bitch Magazine, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, Hunger Mountain, The Portland Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education Review. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN’s Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper Live, the cover of the New York Post, Inked, New York magazine, and elsewhere. The recipient of MacDowell Colony fellowships in 2010 and 2011, and a 2012 Bread Loaf nonfiction fellowship, Melissa has co-curated the Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan for six years. Currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), she is on the board of directors for VIDA, Women in Literary Arts, and lives in Brooklyn.
Amanda Pollock is a writer, bookmaker and singer based in New York City and Baltimore. Amanda was the singer in the rock and roll bands Cloaca and The Velvet Mafia. She holds a BA in English and Education from Smith College and she was awarded a first place honors in the BMCC writing and literature program for her poem Of Hymn and Him in 2007. She self publishes her writing in hand made books.
Sarah Lyon is a Louisville-based artist and fine art photographer. Her work incorporates color and black and white photography, book making, drawing, sculpture, and installation.
Sarah has exhibited in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces in Louisville, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Vienna, and Moscow. Her work is included in the collections of the Speed Art Museum, 21C Museum, City College of San Francisco, the Mazer Lesbian and Feminist Archive in West Hollywood, the Tradeswomen’s Archive at California State University, and the Photographic Archives of the Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville. Sarah also plays bass and guitar in The Ritchie White Orchestra, a New York/Los Angeles/Louisville based queer punk band fronted by vintage collector and filmmaker Cesar Padilla.
Lyon is currently exhibiting her work at AMP along with Katrina del Mar, from June 10-June 30.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25, 6-9pm.
AMP presents an in-gallery video installation in celebration of Appearances - Provincetown Eco-Arts Festival 2013.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20 from 2-5:30 pm