Music Talk: Justin Vivian Bond and Jim Hodges at the MCA

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor Justin Vivian Bond chats, riffs, and improvises with long-time friend and collaborator, installation artist Jim Hodges.

Bond has been at the forefront of Trans visibility and activism since the early 1990s, and has been described as “the best cabaret artist of their generation.” Hodges is known for his mixed-media sculptures and collages that involve delicate artificial flowers, mirrors, chains as spiderwebs, and cut-up jeans. They share a belief in beauty’s power to resist and creativity’s capacity to hold even difficult histories. Both have shown their work at the MCA, but in this livestreamed event they come together in Hodges’s studio in Queens, and with Bond’s band in the background, to reflect on their artistic processes, their entwined journey through the art world, and their dreams for how to reshape its future.

The Soundtrack on March 26 features Bond and Hodges’s playlist of songs of resistance, tenderness, and power.

MCA Music Talks pair powerhouse musicians pushing the boundaries of musical genres with prolific artists, activists, writers, and thinkers to take on big ideas in art and culture. These intimate evenings of performance and conversation reveal their art world anecdotes, shared ideas, and creative inspirations.

This program is coproduced with The Kitchen at Queenslab.


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