Schnitzer Cinema Continues its Queer Production Series with “Paris is Burning” and “Wildness”

EUGENE, Ore. -- (March 22, 2016) –Schnitzer Cinema, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s annual film series, continues its Queer Productions series with films directed by Jenny Livingston and Wu Tsang. On April 12, at 7 p.m., “Paris is Burning” will be shown at the Wayward Lamb located at 150 West Broadway, followed by “Wildness” on April 13, at 7 p.m. at the JSMA on the University of Oregon campus. Programmed by Richard Herskowitz, JSMA curator of media arts, with the help of Professor Quinn Miller, both films are free.


“Paris is Burning,” a moving documentary that follows minority drag queens and cross-dressers in New York, will be screened at The Wayward Lamb on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The film explores the poverty and racism from which “voguing” emerged and interviews legendary drag queens Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.


On April 13 at 7 p.m., “Wildness,” a documentary about the Silver Platter, an iconic bar in MacArthur Park, Los Angeles, that has hosted Latin/LGBT communities since the early 1960s, will be screened at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.  “Wildness” deals with issues of identity, conflict and marginalized communities. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party called Wildness, which explodes into creativity and conflict.  “Wildness” was included as part of both the 2012 Whitney Biennial and 2012 New Museum Triennial, and was created by the artist Wu Tsang, whose works often explore issues of transgender identity.


Cinema Pacific’s Queer Productions series is supported by the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, a JSMA Academic Support Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Cinema Studies Program.


More information on Queer Productions can be found at


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, the Americas and Europe as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


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