Bradford Nordeen: Curating Dirty Looks and presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019, 7:00PM
Osher Lecture Hall
SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus
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Bradford Nordeen: Curating Dirty Looks and presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde

In this lively lecture, Nordeen traces a decade of working across genres in curating, publishing, and positioning performance within the museum as well as alternative spaces, from the experimental platform Dirty Looks, a platform for queer film, video, and performance, to international festivals. Featuring clips and slides from screenings and site-specific interventions, topics discussed include working with artists, maintaining authorial intent in alternative media, site specificity, and queer urban cultures, and preserving the art and archives of a generation lost in the AIDS crisis.

Based in Los Angeles, Nordeen is a writer, curator, and founder of Dirty Looks. His publications include Check Your Vernacular, Dirty Looks at MoMA, Fever Pitch, and the Dirty Looks Volume series (editor). He has written for Frieze, Art in America, Afterimage, Huffington Post, indieWIRE and Butt Magazine, and received the 2018 Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for the podcast Analog Tendencies. He was Platinum Programmer for Outfest Los Angeles, and guest curator for The Broad Museum. He curated exhibitions and screenings at ONE Gay and Lesbian National Archives, RISD, MoMA, The Kitchen, SFMoMA, The Hammer Museum, and New York Live Arts. He holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in Contemporary Cinema Cultures from King’s College London.


Image: Kembra Pfahler and the girls of Karen Black at The Kitchen, 2017; 35mm photograph, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Dirty Looks.