I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Monday, February 14, 2022
QUEER|ART|FILM CAConrad presents COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN February 14th, 8PM at IFC Center
QUEER|ART|FILM: CAConrad presents COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN Monday, February 14th, 8pm EST at the IFC Center!
Queer|Art|Film returns this Winter at the IFC Center with a season curated by multidisciplinary filmmakers Angelo Madsen Minax and Mev Luna. For both artists, language and autoethnography play pivotal roles in their respective experimental documentary and visual art practices. As such, Minax and Luna have sought out presenters who are deeply invested in the intersection of the written word and visual culture.
Working across various mediums, presenters include T. Fleischmann,CAConrad, Jeffrey Gibson, Legacy Russell, and AnaÏs Duplan. This season considers: Can the narrative fictions that influenced us be an extension of lived experience? From a raunchy nightlife scene in Berlin portrayed in CITY OF LOST SOULS to the outskirts of West Texas in COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, to a boozy night spent wandering the streets of downtown LA till dawn in THE EXILES, or dreaming of an escape from Queens in BELLY, the protagonists in these films are all fleeing to another, different, “better” life elsewhere. Sometimes the longing is for an alternative physical place or state of mind. Other times, this yearning is steeped in fantasy. Together, this collection of films reveals that as much as we aspire and dream otherwise, there are cycles that pull us back. Kicking off the season, this month, poet CAConrad presents Robert Altman's 1982 favorite, COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN.
WHAT: CAConrad Presents COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN WHEN: Monday, February 14th @ 8PM EST WHERE: IFC Center
COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN 1982. 109 min. Directed by Robert Altman.
Inside a decrepit Woolworth’s five-and-dime store 90 miles outside Marfa, Texas, a group of women, formerly the “Disciples of James Dean” fan club, reunite on the 20th anniversary of the actor’s death. Alternating between the present 1975, and intermittent flashbacks to 1955, a dirge of secrets, confessions, and breakdowns unfurl in dazzling, phrenetic, drunken hysteria. Adapted from Ed Graczyk’s stage play, the film features a youthful Cher as the town slut, Kathy Bates as a blow-hard bully, and arguably Sandy Dennis’ most stunning (ie: unhinged) performance. Karen Black’s ‘shocking’ reveal that she was formerly Joe, now Joanne, adds to the frenzy of dated “welcome to the freak show” vibes. Our presenting artist, poet CAConrad, has seen this film over 110 times.