Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Joseph Keckler, Erin Markey, Casey Legler


October 22nd, 2014

The Cock

Joseph Keckler
Erin Markey
Casey Legler
Sammy Jo
Michael Magnan
Juliana Huxtable

Honorary Chair:
Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas

Paul Bernstein
Justin Conner & Luke Kalat
Michael Crisafulli & Morton Newburgh
Alfred Gillio
Alexander Gorlin
Charles Renfro
Brent Sikkema

Benefit Committee:
Luke P. Brown
Michael Bullock
Samuel Cochran
Christopher Davis
Alexander Galan
Ryan Bradshaw Greene
Pati Hertling
Matthew Lyons
Ryan McNally
Adam Whitney Nichols
Jay Pagano
Carl Swanson
Kendall Werts

NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, is thrilled to announce our first benefit gala, honoring the legendary writer, singer, painter, and performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond, to be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at downtown institution The Cock. This is an especially fitting venue for Mx Bond, who performed at The Cock’s original 12th Street location every Saturday, and was the first performer to christen its current – and soon to be former – incarnation. This benefit will be an opportunity to celebrate both Mx Bond and the history of the East Village and Lower East Side, which have been so actively intertwined.

Nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007, and the recipient of both an Obie and Bessie, Mx Bond has been an influential figure for a new generation of LGBTQ performance artists, many of whom we’ve supported over the past two years. We’re thrilled to honor Mx Bond, who has done so much for queer visibility, dedicating significant time and resources to maintaining diversity in the downtown performance art scene. Join us from 7-10 pm with cocktails and performances by artists Joseph Keckler and Erin Markey. Following the gala, stick around for the after-party, with music by Juliana Huxtable and DJ Lina, and site-specific projections and performance by Casey Legler.

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a writer, singer, painter, and performance artist. Mx Bond is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, published by The Feminist Press and Susie Says… a collaboration with Gina Garan (Powerhouse Books, 2012). V’s debut CD DENDRPOPHILE was self-released on WhimsyMusic in 2011 and was followed by SILVER WELLS in 2012.  In 2011 Justin Vivian’s art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy was presented at Participant Inc. in New York City.  Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadwayin 2007. Other notable theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50 Anniversary Season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Other films include Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and Fanci’s Persuasion (1995). Mx Bond is a recipient of The Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award for Performance Art/Theater, an Obie and a Bessie.

Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. His most recent performance piece, I am an Opera, was commissioned by Dixon Place. Other performances: South by Southwest, New Museum, Merkin Hall, BAM Fischer, and many other venues. Keckler was recently featured on WNYC Soundcheck and BBC America. He has received residencies from Yaddo and MacDowell, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. Current projects include a collection of essays and a new album. The Village Voice recently named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013.”

Erin Markey creates comedic performances and original music for stage and video. Major works include Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail (P.S. 122), The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey (San Francisco Film Society), Looking for Limbo (Lincoln Center Director's Lab) and currently, the recurring Erin Markey at Joe's Pub with Kenny Mellman (Public Theater). She was a featured artist in the critically acclaimed Our Hit Parade (Joe's Pub). She has shown other work at New Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Under The Radar, 54 Below, Ars Nova and received NYFA's 2012 Cutting Edge Artist Fund Grant. As an actress, Markey is a company member of Obie Award winning Half Straddle, has performed with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and starred in Tennessee Williams' Green Eyes, receiving Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance. She was a series regular on TV's Jeffery and Cole Casserole (LOGO Network).

Casey Legler was raised both in the United States and in France. She is a phi beta kappa and ada comstock scholar graduate from Smith College (2007). Legler's work has appeared in the Guardian, Vogue, V magazine, Time and CNN. She is currently working on a memoir recounting her girlhood and years as an Olympic athlete. In 2013 Legler received much attention for inserting herself into the system of fashion marketing by being the first woman to be represented and employed with Ford exclusively as a male model. In her first solo exhibition at OSMOS Address in New York, running through November 7, 2014, Legler unveils different narrative works of still photography, video, sound and performance wherein each work involves in some way the artist as impersonator and viewer, and the clichéd signatures of social identity that get embroiled in a personification. Undoubtedly deeply personal, Legler’s work is also political.

All photos: Gerard Garvey.