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American Realness

Magazine article Out

American Realness

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WUTSANG GIVES NEW MEANING TO SOCIAL MEDIA.

Everyone knows there's an art to hosting a party, but few realize that a party can be art. When Wu Tsang throws a bash, he acts as both host and creator. The Los Angeles-based artist's work- which often incorporates DJs and references to drag culture - will be featured in both this year's Whitney Biennial and The Ungovernables, the New Museum's triennial of emerging young artists. The fact that a trans-identified, multiracial performance artist is being recognized at such prominent institutions means Tsang's message of art-based activism will be heard by the privileged masses he critiques.

"I've been looking at the idea of hosting and hospitality, the social practice, but also the metaphor- channeling the voice like a medium would," Tsang says.

For four years, Tsang hosted a party called WILDNESS that attracted a fashionable set to an L.A. bar that was previously a refuge for the Latina transgender immigrant community. "I wanted WILDNESS to be this living room," he says. "I wanted people to jump up on stage, so that this performance community could grow." Tsang documented the convergence of cultures, resulting in a feature-length art film, also titled WILDNESS, which will screen in May at the Whitney Museum. …

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