Charles Atlas Presents: The Legend of Leigh Bowery

Charles Atlas Presents The Legend of Leigh Bowery

EAI is pleased to welcome Charles Atlas, for an evening dedicated to the life and legend of Leigh Bowery. Atlas will present his documentary The Legend of Leigh Bowery, a complex, candid portrait of his friend and collaborator. An artist, performer, fashion designer, model, and club promoter and icon, Bowery made an indelible mark on nightlife, fashion, and artmaking in London, New York, and beyond, in the brief period before his early death from AIDS-related illness in 1994. Through a wealth of archival footage and frank and uncensored interviews with friends, family, and fellow artists, Atlas traces the extraordinary impact Bowery had on culture, recalling his infamous nightclub Taboo, his collaborations with dancer and choreographer Michael Clark, his time as a muse to Lucien Freud, and his notorious, innovative, and influential fashions and performances.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011

Admission $7, Students $5
Free for EAI Members

In addition to The Legend of Leigh Bowery, Atlas will also screen one of his video collaborations with Bowery, Mrs. Peanut Visits New York. Shot in 1992, the short video finds Bowery taking a stroll through a pre-gentrification Meatpacking District, in a Mr. Peanut-like full bodysuit, accessorized with a floral print dress, top hat, and transparent-heeled platform shoes. As onlookers gape in amazement, peanut-related pop songs accompany him on the soundtrack.

Charles Atlas will introduce the screening, and take questions from the audience.

Approximate runtime: 88 min.


Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas is one of the premier interpreters of dance, theater and performance on video. Working in film, video, installation, theater and performance for over four decades, he has created works for screen, stage, gallery, and television. A pioneer in the development of media-dance, he has expanded this genre into an original new form, inventive pastiches of narrative and fictional modes with performance documentary. Atlas' films and video works have been exhibited around the world, at festivals and institutions including the Jerusalem Film Festival; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; World Wide Video Festival, The Hague, Netherlands; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Participant, Inc., New York.

About EAI
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of moving image art. A New York-based international resource for media art and artists, EAI holds a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical media artworks, from groundbreaking early video by pioneering figures of the 1960s to new digital projects by today's emerging artists. EAI works closely with artists, museums, schools and other venues worldwide to preserve and provide access to this significant archive. EAI services also include viewing access, educational initiatives, extensive online resources, technical facilities, and public programs such as artists' talks, screenings, and multi-media performances. EAI's Online Catalogue is a comprehensive resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, and features expansive materials on media art's histories and current practices:


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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. This presentation is also made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.