Live performances by avant-garde artists Julie Atlas Muz, Mat Fraser, and Dirty Martini set the stage for MoMA’s presentation of pioneering “No Wave” director Beth B’s latest documentary, Exposed (2013), which celebrates the provocative blend of gender politics and sexual showmanship that characterizes New York City’s alternative burlesque movement. Determined to shatter the comfortable voyeurism of traditional nude display, Bunny Love, Rose Wood, World Famous *BOB*, Tigger!, James Habacker, and Bambi the Mermaid join Atlas Muz, Fraser, and Dirty Martini on screen in an uncensored mash-up of colorful, satiric performance footage and behind-the-scenes interviews. Beth B’s enduring interest in the ways individuals face social constraint finds new expression in the spectacle of performers committed to the liberation of body and mind, struggling for “human rights for women, the disabled, transgender, queer, the disaffected, [and] the outcast.” The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director, coproducer Sandra Schulberg, composer Jim Coleman, and the full cast.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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