From June 4–11, the Walker Art Center presents the fifth anniversary program
Queer Takes: Alt Families
, featuring films that delve into the complexities of the topic of families within the LGBT community—those who have been rejected by their blood relatives and formed new families among tight kin they’ve chosen, as well as those facing the challenge of obtaining legal and official recognition of their relationships. Also part of this year’s Queer Takes is the exhibition Love Never Dies, co-organized by the Walker and Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis, which explores issues within LGBT families, and features Alexandra Gelis’ film Borders. Love Never Dies is on view at Form+Content from May 20–June 27.
Queer Takes opens on Friday, June 4, 7:30 pm, with the documentary Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar, a tribute to the brief, extraordinary life of transsexual performer Candy Darling. Other films in the series include a Target Free Thursday Nights screening of Greta Olafsdottir and Susan Muska’s Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Thursday, June 10, 7:30 pm), which draws on a wealth of photographs from infancy to adulthood to create a mosaic of two women’s lives, painting a kaleidoscopic picture of pre-Stonewall gay life; and Sébastien Lifschitz’s Going South (Plein sud) (Friday, June 11, 7:30 pm), a road movie following a brother and sister hitchhiking to the south of France with a brooding young man who harbors a dark secret. Ira Sachs’ Last Address, a short film showing buildings where New York artists who died of AIDS last lived, screens daily in the Lecture Room from May 4–June 30 (free with gallery admission).
Unless otherwise noted, films are screened in the Cinema and tickets are $8 ($6 Walker, Quorum, and OutFront Minnesota members). Tickets to free films are available one hour prior to each screening at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk.
QUEER TAKES: ALT FAMILIES
Friday, June 4, 7:30 pm
Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar
Directed by James Rasin
Transsexual performer Candy Darling escaped the teasing and abuse of family life growing up in Long Island to be embraced by New York’s subculture of the late 1960s and early ’70s, and was even celebrated in Lou Reed’s song “Walk on the Wild Side.” Finding a home within Andy Warhol’s Factory, she starred in his film Flesh and also worked with Tennessee Williams, Richard Avedon, and Robert Mapplethorpe. When her family renounces her after her death, Candy’s legacy is preserved by her longtime partner, Jeremiah Newton, who produced this documentary. 2009, video, 85 minutes.
Thursday, June 10, 7:30 pm, Free
Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement
Directed by Greta Olafsdottir and Susan Muska
Sharp and spirited, Edie Winsor and Thea Spyer met in New York in the 1960s and have spent the next 43 years in a committed relationship, but they long for the acceptance that would come through marriage. The directors (The Brandon Teena Story) have created an intimate and lively portrait of two women striving for civil rights. 2009, video, 67 minutes.
Friday, June 11, 7:30 pm
Going South (Plein sud)
Directed by Sébastien Lifschitz
Lifschitz returns to the big screen after his celebrated Wild Side with this audacious and visually stunning tale of a brother and sister who hitchhike to the south of France in the company of a handsome, brooding driver with a secret. Each has a conflicted relationship with their families, and the trip forces the resolution of long-smoldering traumas. 2009, 35mm, in French with English subtitles, 90 minutes.
Daily Screenings at the Walker
May 4–June 30
Free with gallery admission
Runs continuously from 12 noon during gallery hours
Directed by Ira Sachs
In this film, Sachs (The Delta, Forty Shades of Blue) shoots exteriors of buildings in which New York artists who died from complications of AIDS last lived. This loving portrait reminds us of the loss of a generation of artists, many of whom had connections to the Walker, including Keith Haring, Reza Abdoh, Peter Hujar, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Official selection of the 2010 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. 2010, U.S., video, 7 minutes
Love Never Dies
Thursday–Saturday, May 20–June 27, 12 noon–6 pm, Free
Form+Content Gallery, 210 North Second Street, Minneapolis
This exhibition, co-organized by the Walker, explores themes of marriage equality, family, relationships, generational change, and aging within the LGBT communities, featuring the Alexandra Gelis’ film Borders (2009, video, 3 minutes).