Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 500 University Ave., is exhibiting “Charles Atlas: Here she is … v1” in its Media Arts Watch program curated by John Hanhardt through Sept. 17.
Atlas uses ideo to create a portrait of drag performer Lady Bunny. The comedian and entertainer is known for her political views on peace, militarism, climate change, gender equality and LGBTQ rights.
Atlas’ video integrates these two aspects of Lady Bunny’s life, intercutting a monologue in which she offers an understanding of history and contemporary society with parts of her stage routine. The video ends with a lip-synched performance of her song “You Were the One.”
“Charles Atlas is one of the most important video artists and cinematographers of our time,” said Hanhardt, who has worked with the artist since the 1980s. “He has an extraordinary talent for capturing performance, and this recent work is a preeminent example of his art form.”
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