Leilah Weinraub, SHAKEDOWN, 2018, film still

VW Sunday Sessions presents the New York City premiere of Leilah Weinraub's documentary feature film SHAKEDOWN (2018), a dreamlike depiction of Los Angeles’s urban lesbian strip club scene in the early 2000s and the culture that surrounded it. Shakedown was a weekly club night held during this period, and it serves as the film’s center with female performers from the party in leading roles.

Created from over 400 hours of footage that Weinraub has been collecting for the past 15 years, the film incorporates live tapes from the club, backstage videos, archival material, flyers, and interviews. SHAKEDOWN chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers including Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee; Mahogany, the legendary “mother” of the community; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmine, the “Queen” of Shakedown.

Weinraub observes that the film's narrative "functions as a legend where money is both myth and material,” in which she herself emerges as a desiring participant. Summarizing her project, Weinraub describes the challenge of “how to portray the before and after of a utopic moment."

The screenings will be joined with conversations and responses from artists Hannah Black, Juliana Huxtable, and Mistervacation.

VW Dome $15 (MoMA Members $13) Ticket also grants admission to Hair Wars at 6:05 p.m. in the VW dome.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

  1. Sunday, March 18,
    3:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
    Sold out
  2. Sunday, March 18,
    1:00 p.m.

    MoMA PS1
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2017.