Liberaceón

2011, 16 minutes, three channel video installation

Liberaceón, the second in a series of biographical pieces, renarrates portions of the biography of Liberace—the flamboyant, yet closeted, apolitical pop pianist who died in 1987—in order to insert him into a queer history of radical AIDS/HIV activism. The central component of the video installation is a short narrative in which Vargas performs as Liberace, embellishing details from his life and spinning them into a mythic origin story of the in/famous direct-action group, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).

Selected Screenings/Exhibitions:
Inarguably Uncertain: The 41st Annual UC Berkeley MFA Graduate Exhibition
Berkeley Art Museum May 20th-June 26th 2011 Berkeley, CA
Artist Television Access, May 2011 San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Currents 2011, Pro Arts Gallery, July-September 2011 Oakland, CA
Review: Liberaceón - Daily Serving
Illegitimate and Herstorical, A.I.R. gallery, January 2012 Brooklyn, NY
curated by Emily Roysdon.  Review: Queer Art Grows In Brooklyn - Hyperallergic
Yesterday Once More - a Dirty Looks program, White Columns, June 2012 NYC, NY
Dirty Looks: Yesterday Once More program publication (PDF)
Yesterday Once More - a Dirty Looks program, LA Film Form - Egyptian Theater February 2013 Los Angeles, CA
Yesterday Once More - a Dirty Looks program, SFMOMA February 2013 San Francisco, CA
Out Night: History, Glamor, Magic | Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 2013 Ann Arbor, MI
51st AAFF Prix DeVarti Prize for Funniest Film
INFRARED 4 | Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, October 2013 Seattle, WA