Program Type: 
Community Engagement
YBCA:You Exclusive
MOTHA Salon with Chris Vargas
June 22, 2013

Overview

YBCA:You Exclusive
MOTHA Salon
with YBCA Community Engagement Artist-in-Residence Chris Vargas
Sat, Jun 22, 5-6 PM
FREE for YOUers plus one guest

YBCA Community Engagement Artist-in-Residence Chris Vargas will host a YBCA:You exclusive slide show presentation for the imminent opening of MOTHA—Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, an as-of-yet unrealized arts and hirstory institution in the Bay Area. During this sneak peek, Vargas, the Executive Director, will discuss the mission of the museum and its future, talk about its importance in the community, and reveal some of the museum's projected programming. With its construction pending indefinitely, MOTHA will function as a series of autonomous off-site experiences around the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the world.

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  • YBCA:You Exclusive MOTHA Salon with Chris Vargas
    Jun 22, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
    Screening Room
    FREE for YOUers with RSVP (YOUers may bring one guest with each RSVP)

    YBCA Community Engagement Artist-in-Residence Chris Vargas will host a YBCA:You exclusive slide show presentation for the imminent opening of MOTHA—Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, an as-of-yet unrealized arts and hirstory institution in the Bay Area. During this sneak peek, Vargas, the Executive Director, will discuss the mission of the museum and its future, talk about its importance in the community, and reveal some of the museum's projected programming.

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June 21, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand Lobby

YBCA Artist-in-Residence Chris Vargas aims to bring forward the history and art of trans and gender non-conformed people by using exhibits by current artists as well as honoring hiroes and transcestors who have come before.

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Artist Bio

Chris Vargas is a transgender, queer, biracial videomaker and interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland. His thematic interests include queer radicalism, transgender hirstory and biography, and the politics of interpersonal relationships. The work he makes deploys humor in conjunction with mainstream idioms (sitcom, reality television, the promotional broadsheet) to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical memory and popular media.

Vargas earned his MFA in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011. Since 2008, he has been making, in collaboration with film scholar Greg Youmans, the web-based sitcom Falling In Love...with Chris and Greg that playfully addresses points of contention within queer communities and explores general relationship problems. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC, SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern. With film scholar Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006), a wedding-crashing story with a queer critique of gay marriage at its center, as well as its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2012), a jail-break tale with a prison-abolitionist message. These works have been screened at the Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and the New Museum, among other venues.

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Adobe
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Lam Research

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
Adobe Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Foundation and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Special Innovation Projects in 12-13 supported, in part, by generous grants from:
The James Irvine Foundation, Abundance Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program, and EmcArts’ Innovation Lab for Museums in partnership with AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums and MetLife Foundation