Curated by Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery

Some Styles of Masculinity is a monologic journey that unfolds in three interconnected chapters over three consecutive evenings, entitled: Rock Star, Rabbi, and Comedian. Under the guise of The Benjamin Zev Show—equal parts television variety show, Catskill stand-up, barmitzvah midrash, and punk-rock listening session—Bordowitz masterfully improvises each chapter’s preoccupations with a stack of reference books at the ready. Together, the three evenings present a humorous and heartfelt vision of Bordowitz’ complicated masculinity as an artist, writer, and cultural observer.

Some Styles of Masculinity was originally commissioned for “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” at the New Museum, New York. (September 27, 2017—January 21, 2018). Curated by Johanna Burton with Sara O’Keeffe and Natalie Bell. The work is produced for TBA in collaboration with the Reed College Theatre Department and the Cooley Gallery. Art direction by Morgan Bassichis.

Gregg Bordowitz is an award-winning artist, writer, and activist. His films have shown internationally in screenings and exhibitions at museums including: The New Museum, NY; Artist Space, NY; TATE Modern, UK; and MoMA, NY. Bordowitz is the author of many books, including: The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986–2003. He was a member of the groundbreaking AIDS activist group ACT UP, and a founding member of the 1980’s film collective Testing the Limits. He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Intercultural Arts Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Bordowitz is the Director of the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He comes to Reed College as a Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitor in the Arts.


Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 PM
Reed College chapel, Eliot Hall
Sponsored by the Cooley Gallery—part of the Visiting Writer Series, Reed College English Department. Note: this event is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary.

Followed by a public reception for I Wanna Be Well at the Cooley Gallery