8 p.m. March 17 | FREE
An evening of overtly political drag performances created in collaboration with drag queens from Tahlequah, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Political Gestures celebrates the historical and underappreciated role of drag in the struggle for LGBTQ+ progress. Incorporating seminal queer speeches from the last 50 years, radically political queer music and interviews with contemporary members of the LGBTQ+ Oklahoma community, the piece is a compilation of the words and songs that fueled the queer rights movement.
Political Gestures will be performed live in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Fayetteville, Ark. These performances will be filmed, and the piece will premiere as a multi-channel video installation at Houston’s Aurora Picture Show (May 3), followed by its Oklahoma premiere in Tahlequah (June).
Political Gestures is commissioned by Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas; is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc., and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas; is created in partnership with Tahlequality, Artists Laboratory Theater (Fayetteville, Ark.), and Oklahoma Contemporary; and is made possible with generous support from the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.
Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin are Houston-based interdisciplinary artists whose work examines America’s rich and diverse queer history.
Nick and Jake are recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Tulsa Artist Fellowship and grants from the MAPFund, the IdeaFund and the Houston Arts Alliance. Nick amd Jake are members of the internationally acclaimed Brooklyn-based experimental theater company The TEAM and frequently collaborate as visual designers with the choreographers Faye Driscoll and Yoshiko Chuma. Also members of Houston’s BOX 13 Artspace, the artists are represented by Devin Borden Gallery (Houston).