THE FRUIT MACHINE
@ VORTEX (Pony Shed): Ongoing
OUTsider artist and intern Joshua Tadeo converts the VORTEX into the “Fruit Machine”—a nasty fruits oasis that radically reclaims Frank Robert Wake’s “fruit machine” of the queerphobic past. Lime up and behold the cornucopia of three-dimensional fruit art, berry your troubles by lounging your cares away in one of our relaxables, peel your eyes on some filmic fruitiness, or snap a pic for the gram! Throughout the fest, the Fruit Machine will host free crafting and community events. Join us for all the fruity fun, including: letter writing for Diversidad Sin Fronteras (Sat., Feb. 22, 3-4pm) and nasty fruits necklace making (Sun, Feb. 22, 1-2pm)!
@ OUThouse (3702 Robinson Ave.): Ongoing
Join us at the Conference on the Couch and check OUT the gorgeous badassss apples from Susana Vargas’ Mujercitos: The result of detailed research from Vargas and art critic Cuauhtémoc Medina, Mujercitos gathers photographs of men dressed as women featured in the periodical Alarma!, known as a nota roja or “red page” newspaper for its bloody content, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Key Mexican newsprint tearsheets accompany original layout and typography, each of which represents a mujercito, or “effeminate man,” in a highly sexualized, objectified way. Vargas’ contextualizing research explores the ways in which these photographs, printed in sensationalistic “true-crime” newspapers, participate in the larger national imaginary of non-normative sexualities in Mexico.