My Barbarian - Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater

September 22, 2012 - November 10, 2012


My Barbarian

Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater: Flat Busted Wig Beauty Window Fatale

September 22 – November 10, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 6 – 8 pm


Classical Music Dance Party
Friday, October 12, 5 - 7 pm
Hirshhorn ARTLAB+ (Inside the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, off Jefferson Drive, SW)

ARTIST TALK: Saturday, November 10, 4pm, followed by reception

Transformer is proud to launch our fall 2012 exhibition season with LA-Based art collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines,Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade) who present the latest project in their Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater series of exhibitions, Flat Busted Wig Beauty Window Fatale, an installation designed for Transformer. 

My Barbarian's Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater, is a series of performances, texts, videos, and installations that highlight the paradoxes of an art practice founded in critique, which nonetheless relies on economic forces that are worthy of serious criticism.  In this time of spectacle and disparity, excess and poverty, the baroque figures as an ornate frame that contains all of these extremes.  My Barbarian utilizes a variety of styles within this frame: camp drag, baroque opera, communist drama, countercultural performance and world theater.

At Transformer, My Barbarian's new work in this series, Flat Busted Wig Beauty Window Fatale, will include a site-specific window display featuring a bevy of sculptural assemblages that play with artifacts of class, culture, femininity and queerness, creating a baroque wig shop.  Additionally, the exhibition will feature videos selected from the Broke Peoples’ Baroque Peoples Theater productions, including “Shakuntala DuBois” and “Object Opera”, to be screened continuously, as well as artistic actions, and other mixed media elements to be incorporated throughout the run of the exhibition.