Del LaGrace Volcano: a mid-career retrospective

New York, 20 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).

From 19 September to 11 November 2012 will be presented a retrospective of the artist Del LaGrace Volcano at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. Organised by Jonathan David Katz and Julie Haas, the exhibition remembers the career of this pioneer of LGBT photography and undermines all hypotheses about the legibility of sexes.

Volcano has not been much shown and is therefore almost unknown in the United States where he/she was born. The main strength of his/her work is a playful way of dealing with sexual categories and structures. Volcano uses sexual identity as an alternative to binary gender norms, admitting though gender, for many people, as sexuality, is not a matter of choice or a equation.

Del LaGrace Volcano was born in California and lives in Sweden. He/she was involved in the San Francisco Art Institute and obtained a master’s degree in photographic studies at the University of Derby in 1992. Volcano has published five books, Love Bites, The Drag King Book with Judith Halberstam, Sublime Mutations, Sex Works and Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Feminities with Ulrika Dahl.

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only LGBT art museum in the world, with a mission of exhibition and preservation of LGBT art. Its permanent collection includes over 6.000 artefacts and organises between 6 and 8 large exhibitions each year, meeting with the artists, film projections, public readings, etc.