Rear Opening: A Performance Tribute to the Gutter Art of Stephen Varble

Date: Saturday, May 11, 3:30–5:00 PM

Location: ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

This event is free and open to the public.


A cadre of performing artists who uniquely defy the status quo will deliver an appropriately inappropriate tribute to the genderqueer provocateur Stephen Varble. Thanks to Greg Day’s photographs and David J. Getsy’s research and curation, Stephen Varble’s legacy of disruption for the sake of art and creatively recycled street-trash couture lives on to inspire future generations. Performers include: Multimedia artist Jason Jenn, aka the Troubadour Trixter, conjures up a spirited homage as the ferociously festooned MC (Mistress unCeremonious). Yozmit, the internationally celebrated visual artist, avant-garde party-artist, and singer/songwriter will enthrall with some of her latest original songs. Enrique Jesus Hernandez, the latinx, performance rock artist and domestic abuse activist will deliver an expressive musical tribute.

There will be a few more surreptitious surprises to will rock the gallery. Expect the unexpected, expect trashy looks to look good, expect bad taste to be in good taste, expect to be amused—just don’t expect too much. Gutter couture encouraged.

“We are all in the Gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

Rear Opening: A Performance Tribute to the Gutter Art of Stephen Varble is organized by the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. and sponsored by the California LGBT Arts Alliance. Thank you to Visual AIDS for promoting this event and the work of Stephen Varble, Greg Day and other participating artists. The Gutter Art of Stephen Varble: Genderqueer Performance Art in the 1970s, photographs by Greg Day is organized by the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc.

For more information, art images, interviews, or for media credentials for the event, please contact Jennifer C. Gregg at (323) 419-1681 or jgregg@onearchives.org.


Image (top) Greg Day, Stephen Varble in the Suit of ArmorOctober 1975. Digital print, 2018. © Greg Day, 2019.
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