Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 @ 6:00:pm
Lavender Scary Fairy is a new performance/exhibition by Alexander D’Agostino meditating on the history of and resistance to the Lavender scare, a moral panic in the US, beginning in the 1950s that 40 years, where thousands of gay employees were fired or forced to resign from the federal workforce under homophobic laws and policies. This sparked ongoing acts of resistance to homophobic and discriminatory policies that positioned homosexuals and sexual-minorities as threats to national security. Even today, we see fear based policy and legislative action that echoes the same scare tactics and nationalist agendas of the Lavender Scare. This processional performance begins at Transformer Gallery and continues onto Logan Circle Park, where people can receive a lavender blessing from Lavender Scary Fairy.
Performance relics will be on display at Transformer the following week of the performance.
Alexander D’Agostino is a performance artist, teacher, and arts organizer based in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009 with a BFA in painting. He investigates the queer and otherworldly through dance, ritual, teaching, installation and performance art. His work has been presented at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, the Center for Contemporary Art in Afghanistan in Kabul, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Chashama’s summer performance series in Manhattan, Itinerant Performance Art Festival at the Queens Museum, the Walters Art Museum, and most recently at the Target Gallery in Washington DC.