Video stills of performance by Michelle L. Morby
"Luna Negra 2012: Queering the Runway"
Mission Cultural Center
March 28th, 2012
7pm - 9pm
Luna Negra is an annual MCCLA performance held in celebration of Women's History Month. This year's event challenges expressions of gender utilizing popular culture, camp, theology and queerdom. Featured artists include Laura Kim, Sofia Cordova, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, and Peter Max Lawrence. Luna Negra 2012 is curated by Kim Silva.
Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sofía Córdova received her BFA from St. John’s University in Queens, NY in 2006, and her MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in California and New York
Sofía Córdova's current work involves performance, video, and installation. She has created a series of music videos to accompany a concept album made under the pseudonym ChuCha Santamaría y Usted. These works draw from the conventions and pictorial language of mainstream music videos, while creating a narrative surrounding specific issues of the Carribean diaspora and identity politics.
Laura Hyunjhee Kim is an intermedia artist working with video and performance. Born and raised in the U.S., Kim moved to South Korea at the age of nine and later returned to the U.S. at the age of nineteen. Her initial interests in questioning her dual-identity as a Korean and American, later developed into an interest in the fragmentation and mediation in language and non-linear actions. Quoting and re-contextualizing references ranging from autobiographical anecdotes, art history, and mass media that inundate her everyday life, Kim explores physical and psychological dislocations and contradictions that surface through the disjunctures of language and gesture.
" Who - Pops - Whew - Whew - "
Jeffrey Augustine Songco (b. 1983) is a multi-media artist. He was born, baptised, and raised in New Jersey, USA to Filipino parents. He is classically trained in ballet and voice, but genetically, he is an architect. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Jeffrey would like to be the US representative to the 2023 Venice Biennale. He is a contributing writer to Art21 Blog, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Post.
In his piece, The Host, Jeffrey will present a necklace to you, the At-Home-Buyer Television audience. Through his performance, he will explore the roles of gender, religion, and celebrity within this arena of product consumption.
Peter Max Lawrence
Peter Max Lawrence is a maker of things. Born in Topeka; adopted soon there after and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Among his recent works of note are Battle of the Last Goodbye which was part of At War with Truong Tran, QUEER in KANSAS and the experimental short de Young created while working as an artist-in-residence at the museum and later was featured on KQED's Truly California. He has also directed music videos for Carletta Sue Kay and Krystle Warren. Currently he is the curator for The One as well as developing various collaborations with other musicians, artists and writers. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.
STATIONS OF THE LOSS
Peter Max Lawrence will reinterpret the Stations Of the Cross as a one person performance in the pseudo drag stage persona known as Klurtney Cove which is an obvious amalgamation of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain. The intent of this work is to thread the overbearing influences of a young repressed homosexual from Kansas in the early 1990's including a rock idol suicide and the theatrical religious overtones handed to a closeted queer by a seemingly confused and mildly oppressive Catholic school upbringing and theology.