David Getsy Curates Compelling Portrait of Stephen Varble

Photo courtesy of the "New York Times"

Professor David Getsy has been applauded by Holland Cotter of the New York Times for curating Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Manhattan. An artist forgotten by the art world, Getsy was sure to locate Stephen Varble alongside his “radical contemporaries” in the field: such as Scott Burton, Adrian Piper, and Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, reports the New York Times. Protest fueled Varble’s work—the more famous he became, the more poignant and anti-capitalist and -materialist his message was. Although precious few relics remain of Varble’s costumes, Getsy made the show, “a model of how to reconstruct and revivify a performing career through archival matter.”

To see photographs of the show and read more on Getsy’s work on Stephen Varble’s art and life, read the New York Times piece online.