The Silver Eye Center for Photography, a nationally-recognized, non-collecting institution, maintains a singular commitment to exhibiting and promoting contemporary photography and photo-based multimedia. This month, the Pittsburgh-based venue unveiled Here & Now: Queer Geographies in Contemporary Photography, which highlights the work of artists “embarking on physical and emotional journeys to define and discover queerness across the American landscape.” On May 29th, Queer Video Vault will present two films, the short The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and the 1998 drama High Art, as part of the exhibition.
Written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), High Art follows a retired photographer and a young assistant magazine editor who exploit each other for their careers, while slowly falling in love. The film won the 1998 Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and garnered critical praise for its stars Ally Sheedy, Radha Mitchell, and Patricia Clarkson.
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, an exploration of the career-defining work of photographer Nan Goldin, will screen prior to the feature presentation. Best known for her series of the same title, Goldin focuses on the post-punk/New Wave music scene and post-Stonewall gay subculture present in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and depicts drug use, violence, and autobiographical moments.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Silver Eye. Admission is free, but guests must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited. Here & Now will be on view at Silver Eye through June 19th.