Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
October 4–29, 2017
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Artist Reception: Friday, October 13, 6–8:30 pm
The New World: Of Video Games and Museums
Rudy Lemcke, 2017
READ ARTIST STATEMENT HERE
Rudy Lemcke creates an installation that uses the museum as the site of a multi-level video game, using visual elements inspired by artworks from the permanent collection. The New World is a chance to explore through game-play new ways of thinking about the nature of the museum as a microcosm of our world and how we encounter different cultures, races, and identities. It allows viewers to consider different ways of seeing and exploring histories and identities that often go unnoticed or are hidden in plain sight. The installation gives an in-depth look at the multimedia techniques and process of creating a video game, from initial sketches through character development, level design, and final production. Lemcke works with visitors to create ideas for new game characters and interactions based on their experiences with the museum’s collection.
National Queer Arts Festival 2017
From Self to #Selfie
SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 1 – 5pm
On June 3rd, 2017, the opening exhibition of this year’s National Queer Arts Festival will be organized by Creative Labor – a visual art platform that grew out of the Queer Cultural Center’s twenty years of queer cultural production.
Curated by Creative Labor’s artistic director, Rudy Lemcke, the exhibition features the work of eight nationally recognized performance/video artists whose work reflects the cutting edge of the complex and intersectional issues we are encountering as queer artists and cultural activists. The exhibition consists of large-scale video projections that will be continuously screening in the main gallery of SOMArts Cultural Center through the month of June, featuring artists include: Kia LaBeija, Awilda Rodriguez Lora, Cassils, M. Lamar, A.L Steiner, Boychild, Tina Takemoto, and Evan Ifekoya.
April 26th, 2017
4 – 7:30pm
Helzel Board Room, California College of the Arts
Queer Visual Culture
with Jamee Crusan (CCA), Jennifer Moreno (SFAI), and Jess Dorrance (U.C. Berkeley)
moderated by Sampada Aranke (SFAI)
organized by Rudy Lemcke
The Art of AIDS Activism
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 • 6:30–8pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum
San Francisco, California
In response to the AIDS epidemic, San Francisco artists melded outrage and political activism to create a unique style of politically charged art. Panelists Rudy Lemcke, Dorian Katz, Ed Wolf, and moderator Tirza Latimer.
UNTITLED, Art Fair
San Francisco, California
January 13 – 17, 2017
Jan 15, 1:30pm—2:30pm
Curating in Conversation
Lovisa Brown, independent museum educator and former director of education at MOAD
Caren Gutierrez, Manager of School and Teacher Programs, the Asian Art Museum
Rudy Lemcke, Communications Director and Visual Arts Curator, Queer Cultural Center
Moderated by Janine Okmin, Associate Director of Education, The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.
Today, Janine Okmin, Associate Educator at the CJM, has organized a panel discussion on the topic of how identity-driven museums use contemporary art to change the conversation.
What role do identity-based arts organizations play in convening conversations about race, culture, gender, and religion? Four education representatives from local identity-driven institutions will discuss the messy work of using contemporary art as a springboard for dialogue about these challenging and timely issues. Panelists will share case studies as well as strategies for arts institutions of any type to implement programming that directly addresses identity.
(Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude is a short film from 2015 that I’ve just uploaded to Vimeo.
I discuss this video in a recent interview about my work about AIDS.
Immemorial: The Poetics of AIDS; A Conversation with Rudy Lemcke by Tina Takemoto,
Art Journal Open (June 22, 2015). Go to Art Journal Open Interview
Self Portrait as a Gentleman in White after Frans Hals
Digital Image, 2016
Frans Hals, Dutch, 1580–1666
Portrait of a Gentleman in White, ca. 1637
Oil on canvas
Legion of Honor, Gallery 15
The final stop for the Art AIDS America exhibition opening December 2, 2016.
I can’t make it to the opening; but I’m going to try to see the show before it closes.
An amazing curatorial event. I am honored to be included.
Books in Browsers VII will take place November 3 – 4, 2016 in San Francisco at Gray Area‘s Grand Theater in the Mission District. Going to this 2 day event…not presenting anything. A learning opportunity.
Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts and the Emerging Scholars Program presents:
Queer Visual Culture at the GLBT History Museum
with Julian Wong-Nelson, Elena Gross and Stathis Gerostathopoulos
moderated by Sampada Aranke
organized by Rudy Lemcke
November 9th (Wednesday) 2016
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th Street, San Francisco
Queer Visual Culture at the GLBT History Museum presents Master’s thesis projects of three emerging scholars who are working in the field of architecture, visual culture, race, gender studies, and queer theory. Elena Gross (California College of the Arts) will discuss Lorna Simpson’s artistic exploration of surveillance and the racial politics of public sex in her presentation,”The Body Remains: The Felt/Photography of Lorna Simpson”; Julian Wong-Nelson (San Francisco Art Institute) will discuss artist Tina Takemoto’s artwork based on Jiro Onuma, whose collection is on display at the GLBT History Museum in, “Fisting for freedom: queer gesture as temporal liberatory practice”; and Stathis Gerostathopoulos (UC Berkeley) will discuss his work on, “Spaces of Sexual Citizenship: Notes toward Fieldwork in Three American Cities.” The program will be moderated by Professor Sampada Aranke (San Francisco Art Institute).
Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) brings together recent graduates in the disciplines of Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Environmental Design disciplines whose work explores gender identity and issues relevant to queer and trans people of color with Bay Area non-profit, community based arts and social service organizations for a series of conversations that will bring community perspective to their work and develop a network of queer scholars and community partners to foster collaborative research, workshops and cultural events that will enrich the lives of the queer community. This program is being organized by the Queer Cultural Center and Creative Labor.
Co-organized “Douglas Crimp in Conversation with Tina Takemoto” as a part of the Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts program.
Crimp discussed his new memoir, “Before Pictures.”
Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts brings together locally and nationally renowned artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars for a series of conversations to discuss a broad range of LGBTQI topics in the humanities, architecture, design, and the arts. QCCA is an on-going collaboration between the Queer Cultural Center, California College of the Arts, and U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.
QCCA Organizing Committee: Rudy Lemcke and Tina Takemoto (co-chairs), Neil Schwartz, Tirza T. Latimer, and Greig Crysler.
I went to this conference in Miami representing my organization Creative Labor and presented a case study of The Market Street Prototyping Festival 2016 in a Break Out Session on Art Washing. Google “Art Washing” if you’ve never heard that term before – it will be a concept that you can’t un-think.
This video was created as a stand alone video loop to be played on an HD monitor and media player – there are no credits or title when played as a stand alone.
12 Fairies. 36″ x 36″ each. acrylic on vinyl. Rudy Lemcke 2016
3 Fairies. 3D prints. 5x4x4 inches each. 2016
Art AIDS America
July 13 to September 25, 2016
The Bronx Museum
My work Fin Again(s) Wake and The Uninvited are included in this traveling exhibition.
I’m working in my studio on a new installation called Pansy Farm. It is a physical installation of 100 hand sewn purple velvet pansies that will have an augmented video game component as part of the installation. Just playing around now with the configuration of the pansies is physical space.
The outside wall of my studio painted as an “Endless Runner Game” – and working inside on my Pansy Farm project. A commentary on Queerness in the age of Game Theory.
Creative Labor: Queer-It-Yourself
Curated by Rudy Lemcke
June 5 – 24
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA
The exhibition is envisioned as a laboratory and experimental network for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. Queer-It-Yourself culture invites artists to forge their own tools, visions and systems of exchange for confronting the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence and to invent and re-imagine alternative modes of aesthetic and economic sustainability.
Drama Queer: Secuding Social Change
Curated by Jonathan D. Katz
Vancouver Queer Arts Festival. June 21 – 30
My video installation, The Uninvited (2006) will be included in this exhibition.
At the centre of this year’s festival is Drama Queer: seducing social change, a visual arts exhibition curated by Jonathan D. Katz. This exhibition explores the role of emotion in contemporary queer art as a form of political practice. As a mechanism to coalesce feelings and direct them with activist intent, emotion is increasingly central to much contemporary work. This exhibition places the queer use of emotion into a historical frame, arguing that the solicitation of an emotional response has been of central import at least since the 1960s, as underscored by critics from Frank O’Hara to Jill Johnston to Gene Swenson.
While much of the art world foregrounded formal innovation, leaving the nakedly emotional unacknowledged, even unseen, queers have long championed the emotional in contradistinction to the formal. A means to challenge the dominant formal values so often elevated by critics, while undercutting anti-expressive postmodernist tenets, emotion had the added value of returning the field of art-making to the socio-political present. With the advent of AIDS, this emotional undercurrent grew in force and power, challenging the equanimity of dominant culture in the face of holocaust. Nakedly manipulative, this earlier queer art sought to move the viewer into action.
Drama Queer solicits a range of contemporary work towards understanding how feelings function in our political present, and the different facets of art and emotion — political emotion, erotic emotion etc. Centred around three never before exhibited monumental paintings by Attila Richard Lukacs, this exhibition will explore art that seeks to engender social change through making the viewer an accomplice, queering their perspective or seducing them into seeing the world from a dissident vantage point.
Visual artists: Del LaGrace Volcano, Angela Grossmann,Monica Majoli, Attila Richard Lukacs, Kent Monkman, Andreas Fuchs, Vika Kirchenbauer, Zanele Muholi, Zackary Drucker,Laura Aguilar,Cassils, Andrew Holmquist, Keijaun Thomas,Shan Kelley, Joey Terrill, Carl Pope, Vincent Tiley, Sean Fader, 2Fik, Laura Aguilar,Bill Jacobson, Rudy Lemcke, Jesse Finley Reed, George Steeves.
Performance art pieces featured in this exhibition will take place during Art Party.
Sunday April 10, 2016, 6pm
Speculative Genealogies and Precarious Futures
Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St, San Francisco
Free and open to the public
Desirée Holman, Troglodyte, 2005
Rudy Lemcke, (Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude, 2014
Việt Lê, Eclipse (Ruby), 2015
my gaze // yr gaze presents “Speculative Genealogies and Precarious Futures,” an evening screening of short films by Desirée Holman Việt Lê, and Rudy Lemcke. Fantastical and absurd, Holman’s Troglodyte (2005) investigates ideas of violence, sex, animism, and nurturance by animating a primal horde chimp-like creatures. Lemcke’s (Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude (2014) poetically reimagines the Orpheus myth by juxtaposing his fantastical fairy world alongside Jean Cocteau’s queer classic Orphée. Việt Lê’s Eclipse (Ruby) (2015) takes viewers on a multisensory poetic journey of trans diasporic movement and meaning accompanied by music from controversial, legendary musician Dai Lam Linh. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and guest curator Tina Takemoto.
(Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude | Melbourne Queer Film Festival| Rudy Lemcke | USA
How AIDS Changed American Art. Lecture by Jonathan D. Katz. Mills College. November 11th, 2015.
AZT drawing from my Fin Again(s) Wake series 1989 was used on the postcard and poster for the lecture and discussed in the context of the Art, AIDS America exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum, October 2015 – January 2016.
(Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude | Florence Queer Festival| Rudy Lemcke | USA
The Tacoma Art Museum asked me talk about my Foscarnet drawing for their audio tour of Art, AIDS America exhibition – opening on October 3rd. I created this short movie using a picture of the drawing and the text I wrote about the piece.
Working with Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit.
June 24 & 25, 2015
Roxie Theater, San Francisco
(Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude | Frameline39 | Rudy Lemcke | USA
Ticket Link: http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=3566&FID=52
2 still images from (Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude
Immemorial: The Poetics of AIDS; A Conversation with Rudy Lemcke by Tina Takemoto,
Art Journal Open (June 22, 2015). Go to Art Journal Open Interview
June 6, 2015 – 6 – 7:30pm
Art Talk: – Art, AIDS, WeHo
In conjunction with the Art, AIDS, America exhibition
With co-curator Dr. Jonathan D. Katz (right to left) and participating artists Ann Meredith, Joey Terrill, Rudy Lemcke and Moderator Tina Takemoto.
Installation view of The Uninvited (2003) and Foscarnet (1989) (l-r) at One National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Los Angeles. Photo taken at the opening reception.
Installation Diagram for The Uninvited (2003)
The Uninvited was originally made with Flash as an interactive Net Art project in 2003. I then remade the project as a single channel video using After Effects a few years later.
I just remastered it this year in HD for the exhibition Art, Aids, American that will be opening this summer in Los Angeles. The exhibition is curated by Jonathan D. Katz and Rock Hushka for the Tacoma Art Museum.
This piece was inspired by Quentin Meillassoux’s book, “The Number and the Siren.”
(Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude – 2014
I “deconstructed” my augmented reality Orpheus project (Orpheus in the Tenderloin National Forest) so that I could represent it as a single channel video – it’s a very different approach to the material than the one I used in the augmented reality piece. Unfortunately, I can’t show it online because it contains clips from Cocteau’s “Orpheus” and I have an agreement with the Cocteau estate that I will only screen it in festival venues and as a part of my lecture on Orpheus that I’m presenting in L.A. this summer. But here are a few screen grabs.
September 8, 2014 (postponed – TBA)
There and Back: From Fluxus to Augmented Reality
Attended Google Glass Design workshop
(who could have predicted the demise of Glass just a few months after this posting)
June 8, 2014
Comic Art Convention
Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
I’ll be showing my new graphic novel, Orpheus at the Cartoon Art Museum Comicon.
Launch of Orpheus in the Tenderloin National Forest.
My children’s book, Orpheus.
I’m getting ready to launch an Augmented Reality installation based on this book at the Tenderloin National Forest.
October 7, 2013
Intersection for the Arts
MY OTHER SELVES
MY OTHER SELVES: A CLEVER think tank panel featuring Bay Area media artists whose work
explores the personal as political in their creative projects and productions.
Monday Oct 7, 21013 @7pm
Storytelling has been used as a means of empowerments for a variety of marginalized racial, sexual
and political identities. This panel features media artists who use themselves in their art to illustrate
the value of selfexpression, critical reflection and collaboration that form part of broader social
transformations generated by their creative practice. Hosted by Cheryl Dunye with artists Rudy
Lemcke, Kim Anno, Kingston Farady and Ali Liebegott.
Still image from my video presentation – a preview of Orpheus in the Rhododendron Dell. Image by Lenore Chinn.
Kim Anno, Cheryl Dunye and Me at the CLEVER event. Photo by Lenore Chinn.
September 13, 2013
de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium
Golden Gate Park
Bernice Bing in her studio, circa 1960s. © Bernice Bing Estate.
Asian American Women Artists Association premiere of “The Worlds of Bernice Bing,” a documentary short film. The film will be introduced by Cynthia Tom of AAWAA. After the screening there will be a Q&A with the Project Director, Jennifer Banta Yoshida, artists Lenore Chinn and Rudy Lemcke, moderated by Mark Dean Johnson, Professor, San Francisco State University.
Me, Lenore Chinn, and Jen Banta Yoshida at the Bernice Bing Panel at the de Young Museum.
Jen Banta Yoshida, Moira Roth, me and Lenore Chinn at the Bernice Bing event.
June 18, 2013
Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts
Volume 18, Issue 1, 2013
Special Issue: On Fire
(Artist’s Page in Performance Research Journal. The link above takes you to the the online version of the Journal published in June, 2013)
May 7, 2013
Radar Reading Series
San Francisco Public Library
Photo @Rink Foto 2013
For Radar I showed one of my short films from The Sounds of Silence exhibition/screening and previewed one of the sections from my new Augmented Reality installation for Golden Gate Park, “Orpheus in the Rhododendron Dell.”
February 1 – February 28, 2013
The Sounds of Silence
The film component of the exhibition Silence, the Sounds of Silence comprises experimental films, two feature films, and a documentary that explore silence as either subject or medium. Ingmar Bergman’s masterful The Silence describes the terrible quiet left behind by God’s absence; Pat Collins’s windswept Silence follows an audio recordist as he reconnects with the source of sound; and Philip Gröning’s reverential Into Great Silence closely portrays the muted days of an alpine monastery. Two programs of experimental films amplify the theme, tracing the use of silence and hushed sound from the 1940s to the present.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sourcing Sound: Experimental Works
Rudy Lemcke and Darrin Martin in person. Experimental media typically seeks to undermine the logic between a sound and its source, but this program pursues a different path, where sound and image are unified by the medium. Includes work by Warner Jepson, Robert Russett, Scott Wolniak, Van McElwee, Stephen Vitiello, Darrin Martin, and Rudy Lemcke. (77 mins)
December 6, 2012
To Be Determined #2
The Sounds of Silence: Three Evenings of Film
Rice Media Center, Houston
Sourcing Sound & Image (76 minutes)
Monday September 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Sourcing Sound & Image tends more towards electronic work but in this installment the source of sound and picture is intimately wed. In some cases, the same pulse or data has been split to form an image and a sound, so the two are inseparable expressions of the same impulse.
Self-Portrait Warner Jepson (1975, Sound, 45 mins, 6 min excerpt, Color, Video)
Primary Stimulus Robert Russett (1977, Sound, 13 minutes, B&W, 16mm)
Flash Art Scott Wolniak (2011, Sound, 5:13 mins, Color, Video)
Lightning Field Rudy Lemcke (2003, Sound, 2:30 mins, B&W, Video)
Radio Island Van McElwee (1997, Sound, 11:40 mins, Color, Video)
Light Reading(s) Stephen Vitiello (2003, Sound, 10:44 mins, Color, Video)
Monody in Harmony Darrin Martin (2004/5, 17:20 mins, Color, Video)
Waterlilies Rudy Lemcke (2003, Sound, 4:04 mins, B&W, Video)
Brilliant Noise Semiconductor (2006, Sound, 5:47 mins, B&W, Video)
RIP Remy Charlip (1929 – 2012)
I had the pleasure of working with Remy on this little Flash animation in 2000 as part of Qcc’s Net Arts commissioning project. The music was written for Remy by his partner Lou Harrison. I re-formatted it as a Quicktime movie and put it up on YouTube a few days ago. Bittersweet.
July 27, 2012
I’m in the Film program of this show at the Menil Collection. The exhibition and film programs are coming to UAM/PFA in January, 2013.
July 27, 2012 – October 21, 2012
Silence is a powerful force. It can produce profound emotions or conjure startling sensory experiences, and it seems inextricably linked to the passage of time. A prerequisite for contemplative thought, silence has become a scarce commodity in today’s media-saturated world. The exhibition and catalogue project Silence considers this important and little-examined subject in modern and contemporary art. Ranging from uncanny to incantatory to experiential, its broad range of works are not all without sound, but all reflect the many ways artists invoke silence to shape space and consciousness.
Organized by the Menil Collection and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Silence features paintings and sculptures from the Menil’s permanent collection as well as works by an international group of artists. Additionally, it includes a film and video series on the subject under development by curators at the Pacific Film Archive. Artists featured in Silence include Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, David Hammons, Tehching Hsieh, Jennie C. Jones, Jacob Kirkegaard, René Magritte, Mark Manders, Christian Marclay, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus, Robert Rauschenberg, Doris Salcedo, Tino Sehgal, and others.
Mondays in September, 2012 Rice Media Center
The Sounds of Silence: Three Evenings of Film
Steve Seid, video curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, presents a three-part screening series of experimental films and video works dating back to 1936. A Kind of Hush examines the aesthetics of silence in avant-garde practice; Sonic Slippage and Sourcing Sound emphasize the use of sound as a subversive tool and subject of study.
A Kind of Hush (91 minutes)
Monday, September 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Opening reception, 6:00 p.m.
Includes works by Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, and Nam June Paik, with an introduction by Steve Seid
Sonic Slippage (76 minutes)
Monday, September 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Includes works by Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin, Bruce Conner, and Steina
Sourcing Sound (76 minutes)
Monday, September 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Includes works by Rudy Lemcke, Semiconductor, and Scott Wolniak
Here are the two pieces that are going to be in the film program in case you can’t make it to Houston!
Lightning Field (2003)
Note: Waterlilies was retitled Wormholes and included in my Search for Life in Distant Galaxies hybrid web narrative piece in 2011. The original 2003 piece is in the program.
June 1 – 26, 2012
I’m recreating part of my City of the Future (after Tarkovsky’s Solaris) – Installation from 2007 for this exhibition.
It’s a dual channel video projection. The first video City of the Future (view below) , plays as a continuous loop on one wall. On the opposite wall is a cycle of 10 videos including Wittgenstein and the Problem of other Minds (view below) . To see the original installation and videos go to the Navigation bar at the top of the page.
City of the Future (loop)
Wittgenstein and the Problem of Other Minds
June 10, 2012
Atlanta-based performance collective John Q (Joey Orr, Andy Ditzler, and Wesley Chenault) join GLBT Historical Society Artist-in-Residence E.G. Crichton and artist/Queer Cultural Center co-founder Rudy Lemcke for an evening of visual and performative conversation exploring the intersection of archival research and the creative process. The group will present provisional findings of their current collaborative archive exchange.
The Search for Life in Distant Galaxies project involved creating a fictional archive that was in fact loosely based on bits and pieces of archival material cobbled together from the GLBT Historical Archive in San Francisco. I will be discussing that project and a collaborative project in development with E.G. Crichton and John Q.
March 2 – April 25, 2012
A temporary store of over 1,000 artist books, zines, & other unusual print publications.
My children’s book it in this exhibition/bookstore.