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Recurring Event Darrell Thorne at The Warhol

Multiple exposure photograph of a face turning side to side in a blue tint while in costume and makeup in front of a black background.

Gala Galactica at the House of Yes. Photo by Kenny Rodriguez

Join us for a Good Friday evening of queer dramatic fantasy, excess, and opulence infused with storytelling by celebrated performance artist, Darrell Thorne. Darrell will present a new live performance followed by a discussion with local artist Heidi Wiren Bartlett.

Darrell Thorne (b. 1976, Branson, Missouri) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys exploring the many dualities and contradictions that exist in all facets of society, utilizing fantasy, camp, and beauty (and plenty of mirrors) to reflect on what unites and divides us. Through song, spoken word, movement, and dance, coupled with highly detailed costume and makeup, Darrell invites viewers to be transported and elevated without sacrificing entertainment. A lover of ritual, iconography, fantasy, and storytelling, Darrell attempts to channel all these elements through costuming and paint on his body, coupled with live performance. He has exhibited and performed at the Park Avenue Armory, SFMOMA, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chashama, New York Academy of Art, Helsinki Night of Arts, The Smithsonian, Rubulad, The Mexico City Cabaret Festival, and received an NEA grant for his six week performative installation Under Glass and In Color.

  • Masks will be optional for this performance.
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This event was supported in part by the Steiner Visitor Lecture Grant from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts Deans office, IDeAte, and the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Co-presented with Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art

Carnegie Mellon University School of Art

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