Saturday, July 15, 2017

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place - July 15, 2017

Dixon Place presents...

"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"

a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women

an International Women Artists’ Salon series

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Host: Pooya Mohseni

Curator: Heidi Russell

Tonight, partnering with Dixon Place's annual month-long HOT! Festival celebrating queer culture, we have amazing women artists sharing work that celebrates and honors LBTQ arts and culture and opens the dialogue around important issues to the LGBTQ community around the globe.

Since 1992, this trailblazing summer festival sizzles with over 100 artists presenting queer theater, dance, music, literature, puppetry, comedy, and homoeroticism for the whole family! The longest-running annual LGBTQ festival in the world, HOT! has been a pioneer of queer arts and culture for 26 years. “The Best LGBTQ Theater Festival in New York!” –The Village Voice

Thank you Dixon!

Historical Honoree: Hope Mirrlees (b. 1887) was a modernist writer, poet, and translator. She was the author of three novels (Madeleine, The Counterplot, and Lud-in-the-Mist), Paris: A Poem, and co-translator of 21 Russian short stories (The Book of the Bear) with her partner Jane Harrison. Mirrlees met Harrison—a highly influential Classicist academic and early feminist—at Newnham College, and the two were to live and travel together until Harrison’s death in 1928. In her later life, Mirrlees published a larger (and more demure) collection of poems, as well as a biography of the antiquary Sir Robert Bruce Cotton. She moved between Cambridge, London, Paris, and Russia, before retiring to Headington in Oxford, where she died in 1978.

Film – Laura Arten, celebrating transgender visual artist TOYEN

TOYEN , film 2.5min

Laura Arten pays tribute to the famous 20th Century transgender surrealist painter and artist TOYEN

Toyen was a transgender artist born in Prague (1902) Painter, Illustrator, collagist and a member of surrealist movement. She regularly exhibited in Paris and Prague. A member of Devetsil surrealist movement in Prague and Artificialism movement founder along with Jindrich Styrsky. During WWII she immigrated to Paris and died there in 1980.

Laura Arten graduated in film studies from the University of The Arts London and subsequently went on to study acting at NYU Tisch and Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. She has been living in New York full time since 2016 pursuing career in acting and arts. She is founder and designer of Goldfire Jewelry.

Theatre – Barbara Kahn

Barbara Kahn performs an excerpt from her play Cyma’s Story.

Cyma’s Story: Cyma, a Jewish immigrant living in Wyoming in 1939, recounts meeting Rachel, who “saved her from a life of loneliness.” With the outbreak of war in Europe, she recalls her childhood and fears for the family left behind in Russia.

Historical plays can hold a mirror to the present by portraying the past. My plays reflect the larger conflicts of class, race relations, ethnic differences and sexual identity. Echoing George Sand, “All I want is for people to question the accepted lies and call out for the forgotten truths.”

Barbara Kahn Plays produced: U.S. and Europe. Directed: New York and The National Theatre, London. Theater for the New City: her primary NY theatrical home since 1994. Among awards: Torch of Hope Award for achievement in non-profit theatre, following past recipients Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, and A.R. Gurney.

Performance Art – Drae Campbell


Drae received a BFA in Theater from the University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She's been spotted on IFC.Com, Conan. Refinery29 and in numerous films. Some theater credits include: Non-Consensual Relationships With Ghosts, La Mama, My Old Man, Dixon Place, Oph3lia at HERE. She appeared as a radical lesbian in Taylor Mac's 24 Decade History Of Popular Music at St. Ann's Warehouse. Drae hosts and curates a live monthly show called TELL.

Literature and Host – Pooya Mohseni

Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender advocate and writer. Her recent stage performances have been in Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake” dir: Natsu Onoda Power, Madame in The OUTLIERS’ production of "The Maids" dir: Ben Gunderson and the title role in "Death of a Persian Prince" dir: Dewey Moss. She’s also a recurring guest star on the USA network/Amazon Prime’s "Falling Water".

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