Dirty Looks: On Location - The Amazing Bow Wow + The Ass and the Lap Dog
An evening of fantastic queer narratives, spanning over three decades of video art practice, hosted by the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, the premier queer bookstore and event space in New York City. Made in 1976,The Amazing Bow Wow is the only fully narrative video Lynda Benglis produced and follows the adventures of a talking, intersexed dog (replete with giant fake male and female organs) used by Benglis and her partner in their carnival sideshow act—until Benglis starts to fall for Bow Wow and things take a tragic turn. The Ass and the Lap Dog, from 2013, sees Harry Dodge attempting several on-camera interviews only to be bombarded with bizarre, insanely detailed descriptions of the videos his interviewees would like to make, to hilarious and hallucinatory effect.
Lynda Benglis was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1941. An important sculptor for more than three decades, Benglis also produced a pioneering body of feminist video in the 1970s. Immediate and visceral, her performance-based video work confronts issues raised by feminist theory, including the representation of women, the role of the spectator, and female sexuality. Harry Dodge is an artist living and working in Los Angeles who makes shows that include video, performance, sculpture, and drawing. In the early 90s, Dodge was one of the founders of the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space, The Bearded Lady, which served as a gathering point for a pioneering, polysexual, queer literary and arts scene.