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ART | Charles Atlas: "Here she is...v1"


June may be Pride Month (with Rochester events coming up in July), but LGBTQ representation in art is important year-round. "Here she is...v1" is a video art installation created by cinematographer Charles Atlas which showcases iconic drag queen Lady Bunny. The piece will be screened continuously at the Memorial Art Gallery beginning Friday, June 30, as a part of the MAG's "Media Arts Watch" initiative, curated by moving-image specialist John G. Hanhardt.

Lady Bunny is known for her gigantic blonde wig and raunchy song parodies, but she is also outspoken regarding politics, militarism, climate change, LGBTQ rights, and other hot-button issues. A wall-sized production, "Here she is...v1" demonstrates that Lady Bunny is a force to be reckoned with, incorporating a contemplative monologue intertwined with her risqué stage performance. The one-woman-show ends in a lip-synced performance of one of her songs, "You Were the One." Charles Atlas is a distinguished video artist who has worked with the likes of performance artist Marina Abramovi and singer-composer ANOHNI, to drop a few names.

"Here she is...v1" will be on display at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue) through Sunday, September 17. Admission is $14 for senior citizens; $10 for college students with ID; $5 for children ages 6 to 18. It is free to members, University of Rochester faculty, staff, and students, and children ages 5 and under. Half-price general admission Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 276-8900 or visit