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“Now We Think as We Fuck”: Queer Liberation to Activism

January 28, 2020 – February 05, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

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MoMA’s film collection boasts significant holdings by lesbian and gay filmmakers, representing celebrations of queer culture on film in the American avant-garde to the tragic resolve of the AIDS crisis on home video.  Featuring a selection of classic, forgotten and newly preserved landmark films of the movement, “Now We Think as We Fuck”: Queer Liberation to Activism explores the ways that queer moving image artists defined and inspired their marginalized community.  Works in the series demonstrate how those in the movement rose to heroism in a time of crisis, acting to change the course of history. The quotation in the title of this series is spoken by poet Essex Hemphill in Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied. Hemphill highlights the newfound danger of being queer in the age of AIDS: “Now we think as we fuck. This nut might kill. This kiss could turn to stone.”

Organized by Carson Parish, Theater Manager, Department of Film

 

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Parting Glances. 1986. USA. Written and Directed by Bill Sherwood. Courtesy First Run Features.

Portrait of Jason. 1967. USA. Directed by Shirley Clarke. Courtesy Milestone Films.

Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives. 1977. Directed by the Mariposa Film Group. Courtesy Milestone Films.

My Hustler. 1965. Directed by Andy Warhol. USA. 16mm. B&W Film. Sound. 67 minutes. ©2019 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum.

Cool Hands, Warm Heart. 1979. USA. Directed by Su Friedrich. Courtesy the artist.

LA Plays Itself. 1972. USA. Directed by Fred Halsted. Courtesy MoMA Film Archives.

The Sex Garage. 1972. USA. Directed by Fred Halsted. Courtesy MoMA Film Archives.

Sextool. 1975. USA. Directed by Fred Halsted. Courtesy Curtis Taylor and MoMA Film Archives.

Moon Goddess. 1975. USA. Directed by Barbara Hammer. Courtesy Light Cone.

First Comes Love. 1991. USA. Directed by Su Friedrich. Courtesy the artist.

Sanctus. 1990. USA. Directed by Barbara Hammer. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Amphetamine. 1966. Directed by Warren Sonbert. USA. Courtesy © The Estate of Warren Sonbert.

My Hustler. 1965. Directed by Andy Warhol. USA. Courtesy Photofest.

Thank God I’m a Lesbian. 1992. Directed by Laurie Colbert and Dominique Cardona. Canada. Courtesy of Women Make Movies.

Tongues Untied. 1989. USA. Directed by Marlon Riggs. Courtesy Photofest.

DiAna’s Hair Ego. 1989. USA. Directed by Ellen Spiro. Courtesy the filmmaker.

The Watermelon Woman. 1996. USA. Written and Directed by Cheryl Dunye. Courtesy Photofest.