Screens Series: Dynasty Handbag

(Monday) (Saturday)

Ribald, absurd, and endlessly riveting, her vaudevillian interpretations of classic literature (“A Homo’s Odyssey”), morning talk shows (“Good Morning Evening Feelings”), and aerobic lessons (“Exorcise Class”) are, according to Cameron, ways to “combat the terror of being alive.” Dynasty Handbag assumes the trappings of femininity in configurations zany and over-the-top, garbling gender codes in outrageous formulations. Digressions, rhymes, and false starts riddle her one-woman acts, providing unexpected pathways into material taken from commercials, pop songs, and tidbits of art history. As cultural theorist José Esteban Muñoz writes, “Dynasty Handbag’s queer failure is not an aesthetic failure but, instead, a political refusal. It is going off script, and the script in this instance is the mandate that makes queer and other minoritarian cultural performers work not for themselves for but distorted cultural hierarchy.”



In this selection of videos, Dynasty Handbag models a series of coping mechanisms: she takes a vow of silence in an attempt to find serenity; she rejects a gluttony of breakfast options in order to prepare for the world becoming toast; and, in a makeup tutorial, she teaches viewers how to put their best faces forward for life under fascism.



Jibz Cameron (b. 1975) is a performance and video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned years and been presented at such institutions such as MOCALA, PS1, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. Cameron produces and hosts Weirdo Night!, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles.

Selection of further exhibitions in: United states

21.10.2018 - 17.03.2019
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

Read more >>
22.07.2018 - 24.02.2019
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

Read more >>
15.03.2019 - 14.07.2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

Read more >>
12.04.2018 - 08.09.2019
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

Read more >>
02.11.2018 - 19.03.2019
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

Read more >>
28.09.2018 - 17.03.2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

Read more >>
02.11.2018 - 03.03.2019
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

Read more >>
02.02.2019 - 14.07.2019
Legion of Honor | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco

Read more >>
03.01.2016 - 03.05.2020
Mexican and Latino Art Museum | San Francisco | In Association With The Smithsonian Institution - Th
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D
San Francisco

Read more >>
22.08.2018 - 20.08.2019
Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
Seattle

Read more >>
06.04.2019 - 08.09.2019
Legion of Honor | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco

Read more >>
03.10.2018 - 17.03.2019
Mad Museum
2 Columbus Circle
New York

Read more >>
09.09.2018 - 30.06.2019
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
1 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale

Read more >>
11.01.2019 - 07.07.2019
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn

Read more >>
25.01.2019 - 05.05.2019
Mad Museum
2 Columbus Circle
New York

Read more >>
21.03.2019 - 21.07.2019
Mad Museum
2 Columbus Circle
New York

Read more >>
12.09.2019 - 23.02.2020
Mad Museum
2 Columbus Circle
New York

Read more >>
09.04.2018 - 01.06.2019
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York

Read more >>










Screens Series: Dynasty Handbag New Museum Main address: New Museum 235 Bowery NY 10002 New York, United states New Museum 235 Bowery NY 10002 New York, United states Ribald, absurd, and endlessly riveting, her vaudevillian interpretations of classic literature (“A Homo’s Odyssey”), morning talk shows (“Good Morning Evening Feelings”), and aerobic lessons (“Exorcise Class”) are, according to Cameron, ways to “combat the terror of being alive.” Dynasty Handbag assumes the trappings of femininity in configurations zany and over-the-top, garbling gender codes in outrageous formulations. Digressions, rhymes, and false starts riddle her one-woman acts, providing unexpected pathways into material taken from commercials, pop songs, and tidbits of art history. As cultural theorist José Esteban Muñoz writes, “Dynasty Handbag’s queer failure is not an aesthetic failure but, instead, a political refusal. It is going off script, and the script in this instance is the mandate that makes queer and other minoritarian cultural performers work not for themselves for but distorted cultural hierarchy.”



In this selection of videos, Dynasty Handbag models a series of coping mechanisms: she takes a vow of silence in an attempt to find serenity; she rejects a gluttony of breakfast options in order to prepare for the world becoming toast; and, in a makeup tutorial, she teaches viewers how to put their best faces forward for life under fascism.



Jibz Cameron (b. 1975) is a performance and video artist and actor living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned years and been presented at such institutions such as MOCALA, PS1, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Hammer Museum, New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, among others. Cameron produces and hosts Weirdo Night!, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles.
Book tickets