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LIVE Magazine Issue #269 April 13, 2018

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LIVE Magazine by Levvy Carriker

Michael Childers: Having a Ball January 20, 2018 – May 28, 2018 Palm Springs Art Museum, Clayes III Wing Palm Springs Art Museum proudly presents rarely-seen portraits by Michael Childers that explore the artistic experimentation, social shifts, and gender play that defined the cultural spirit of the 1970s. As evident in these vibrant portraits, the foundation for the emergence of a transgender rights movement can be traced to this cultural era as captured by Childers. As a young photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, Childers’ work creates a documentary photographic continuum for the exhibition Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. Images of the enigmatic Warhol, members of Warhol’s famous New York studio, The Factory, and other avant-garde personalities experimenting with gender and dress animate and enliven this era—a time before the AIDS epidemic, when non-conforming sexuality was a gesture of mischievous defiance rather than a political act of survival. In 1976 Childers photographed participants at a Los Angeles drag ball. Dubbed “Flaming Creatures,” this group of thirty-eight revealing portraits captures the amusing gender play during an earlier, more innocent time. Through an attention to gestures, costume, and telling details, each of Childers’ photographs capture both the persona and the personalities of his subjects. Childers’ photographs of Warhol use subtle strategies of gesture, props, and doubling devices to go beyond the inscrutable icon that the artist cultivated, bringing to light his complicated personality below the surface persona. Childers captured The Factory’s infamous denizens in photographs that uncover the multiple identities at play when gender, personality, persona, and performing roles combine. Although more known for his images of famous actors, writers, visual artists, and performers, Childers brings the same sensitivity to the drag ball’s unknown merrymakers. Through Childers’ lens these figures radiate a cheeky playfulness as they experiment with makeup, wedding dresses, tuxedos, and feather boas to expose the artifice of traditional gender identity and the joy of self-expression. These images provide insight into a history that precedes the public visibility of lives and identities blurring traditional gender definitions. As a participant in both The Factory and the entertainment culture of Los Angeles, Childers developed a photographic language to capture the radical potential of those who dared to use their own bodies as a way to reinvent our understanding of gender. He enlarges our understanding of the cultural revolution Warhol promoted through photographs that inform and delight as they remind us of the history behind our current moment. This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum from The Michael Childers Archive and funded in part by the Photography Collection Council. LIVEMAGAZINETV 27

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