For her new exhibition at the Lower East Side gallery Signs and Symbols, Michelle Handelman, acting chair, Film, Media, and Performing Arts, presents a remix of her project Hustlers & Empires, titled LOVER HATER CUNTY INTELLECTUAL, devoting the entire exhibition to a character loosely based on the life and work of French filmmaker and writer Marguerite Duras and the semi-autobiographical protagonist in her novel The Lover. Handelman’s Lover is performed by queer Latinx artist and activist Viva Ruiz.
“My identity is a revolving door of possibilities. If you ask me what I want I’ll tell you. I want everything. Because queerness is a borderless state.” —Viva Ruiz in Hustlers & Empires
This solo exhibition by Michelle Handelman marks the first in a series of in-depth character studies of video icons from Handelman’s latest multiplatform project, Hustlers & Empires (2018). Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LOVER HATER CUNTY INTELLECTUAL reworks and deconstructs the character of The Lover, presenting a single character study through a multifaceted installation that includes video, text, image, music, monologue, and performance.
Handelman will discuss the show with feminist writer/critic Kathy Battista at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 22, at Signs and Symbols Gallery. The gallery is located at 102 Forsyth Street in Manhattan.
For more information, contact Handelman, (212) 217-3352.