Leilah Babirye, DW Fitzpatrick, Siobhan Liddell, Tabboo!, Frederick Weston, Tseng Kwong Chi, Graham Durward, Eve Fowler, Richard Haines, Jimmy Paul, Matt Savitsky, David Yarritu

Let Go Or Be Dragged

Mar. 2–Mar. 5, 2017

Leilah Babirye,​​ Tseng Kwong Chi, Graham Durward, DW Fitzpatrick, Eve Fowler, Richard Haines, Siobhan Liddell, Jimmy Paul, Matt Savitsky, Tabboo!, Frederick Weston, and David Yarritu

Let Go or Be Dragged explores the visual, conceptual, and political language of drag, bringing together an idiosyncratic group of emerging, established, and outsider intergenerational artists working in a range of media and disciplines: photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture.

These artists use diverse strategies and gestures—playful, irreverent, poetic, or earnest—to challenge binary and hierarchical conventions of identity. Our salon-style installation juxtaposes artworks to provoke unexpected relationships. The artworks and their subjects offer themselves up to the viewer seductively, satirically, in defiance—reclaiming power in the process.

In conjunction with this presentation, Gordon Robichaux curated Contemporary Drag for NADA Presents. The program includes performances, video screenings in collaboration with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), panel discussions, curated books with Peradam press, and a special collection of artist collaborations with Print All Over Me for NADA X PAOM.

Leilah Babirye

Untitled (the Queens Series), 2015

Acrylic on paper, 14 x 10 inches

Tseng Kwong Chi

Disneyland, California (Mickey Mouse), 1979/1996

Silver gelatin print, Ed. of 25, 20 x 16 inches

Graham Durward

Blinky No 2, 2016

Oil on linen, 24 x 24 inches

DW Fitzpatrick

The Cat’s Judgement, 1993

Gelatin silver print, Ed. of 5, 14 x 11 inches

Eve Fowler

Untitled (Hustlers series), 1994-1998
C-print, Ed. of 10, 11 x 14 inches

Richard Haines

Untitled, 2015

Ink and acrylic on paper, 11.5 x 14 inches

Siobhan Liddell

Puzzle IV, 2017

Photo collage, 17 x 11 inches

Jimmy Paul

Untitled, 2016

Graphite on paper, 17 x 14 inches

Matt Savitsky

Untitled (Face), RoomFace Realness Series, 2012

Watercolor, ink, graphite, and colored pencil on paper, 14 x 17 inches


Dump Trump, 2016

Acrylic on linen, 22 x 24 inches

Frederick Weston

Body Map, (Arms), 2017

Collage on paper, 21.25 x 42 inches

David Yarritu

Tabboo! at Wigstock, 1992

Polaroid photograph, 4 1/16 x 4 inches

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