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Photograph - Mr. Gorgeous onstage at Duane Park, New York City, USA, 2013
  • Mr. Gorgeous onstage at Duane Park, New York City, USA, 2013
    Arrevad, Magnus, born 1981
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Mr. Gorgeous onstage at Duane Park, New York City, USA, 2013

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)
    London (printed)

  • Date:

    2016 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arrevad, Magnus, born 1981 (photographer)
    Arrevad, Magnus, born 1981 (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gelatin print on archival fibre paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Adam Donen

  • Museum number:

    S.464-2017

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Eric Gorsuch (b.1984) acquired his stage name Mr. Gorgeous by accident when pupils to whom he taught art mis-pronounced his name. He likes to adapt older female burlesque acts like chair numbers, and is seen here performing with a shadow puppet at Duane Park, the burlesque venue in New York's East Village which shares its space with the Bowery Poetry Club and where audiences can get a dinner and a show.

This is one of a series of offstage photographs documenting the international scene of male performers taken by the Danish photographer Magnus Arrevad (b.1981) who is based in Berlin and London. Shot over a five-year period in cities ranging from New York to London, Copenhagen, Berlin and Paris, they feature the personal transformations of cabaret performers, drag queens, strippers and go-go dancers, capturing them bringing, as Magnus Arrevad has said: 'the dream of oneself into being'. Using a Mamiya 7 camera instead of a digital camera, gave Magnus: 'a sense of occasion to every shot, made each click of the shutter an event.' Many of the resulting photographs, that formed part of the 2015 exhibition and book Boy Story: A Picture Book for Boys,are imbued with the haunting sense of melancholy that the performers experience in the creation and exhibition of their 'other selves'. Arrevad shows how donning the makeup and costume was for the performers part of the process of removing a mask, not putting it on, and has said that working with them changed him from: 'a sheltered Danish photographer into a fully-immersed participant in the world of "Boylesque"'.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of Mr. Gorgeous performing onstage with a shadow puppet at Duane Park, New York City, with the audience sitting at tables

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)
London (printed)

Date

2016 (printed)

Artist/maker

Arrevad, Magnus, born 1981 (photographer)
Arrevad, Magnus, born 1981 (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gelatin print on archival fibre paper

Marks and inscriptions

Magnus Arrevad 5/12

Dimensions

Height: 65.0 cm

Descriptive line

Mr. Gorgeous onstage at Duane Park, New York City, USA, 2013. Silver gelatin print on archival fibre paper by Magnus Arrevad

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Reproduced in Boy Story: a Picture Book for Boys by Magnus Arrevad, 2015, with the text: 'In this performance a shadow puppet excreted real shit upon him.'
page 57

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Photography; Printing

Categories

Photographs; Cabaret; Cross-dressing; Puppetry

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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