What: Second Helpings Visual Art Exhibition & Performance Fatinee
When: Opening reception Saturday, June 7, 2–5pm. Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th, 12–5pm, Monday, June 9, 12–7pm. Performance Saturday, June 7, 6:30-8pm.
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission to view visual art during opening event & gallery hours. $12–20 sliding scale admission for performance. Advance tickets highly recommended: click here to purchase.
What Else: Opening reception is held simultaneously with the openings of two other exhibitions at SOMArts— The Most Sincere Gesture and Body, Body, Bodies…
Second Helpings is a group visual art exhibition, a “fatinee” of multidisciplinary performance, and a queer intervention into American popular culture’s understanding of the fat body as a deviant body. Exhibiting artists fight the stigmatization of fat bodies, radically re-envision the notion of body diversity, and destabilize deeply embedded hierarchies of desire.
Second Helpings features works in many media by 20+ visual artists, and 8 solo and ensemble performances. Selected works deconstruct and reassess body politics to foster a collective understanding of fatness that empowers and heals fat-bodied people emotionally, sexually and politically.
A new theatrical work humorously addresses the correlation between body shame and cultural imperialism. A 5-piece band named after pastries snacks ritualistically onstage. A debut video work explores racialized and gendered experiences of fat-phobia. A chubby drag queen pushes back on the ways her body is treated as a dystopian object of desire. Come ravenous. Help yourself.
In order to make the space accessible for community members with chemical injury, please refrain from using fragranced products–– here are some tips on being fragrance free!
Exhibition Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 7, 2–5pm. Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday, June 7th & 8th, 12–5pm, Monday, June 9, 12–7pm.
Saturday, June 7, 6:30-8pm. $12–20 sliding scale admission.
Exhibiting Visual Artists:
Julz Hale Mary
Evening Performances by:
Celeste Chan, Tania Lee, Tara Shuai (video)
Jezebel Delilah X
Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries
Alex Pizzacupcake (MC)
Virgie Tovar (MC)
Alex Lannon & Fallon Young with support from Sarah Guerra & Virgie Tovar
Second Helpings was commissioned by the Queer Cultural Center to be part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2014 and is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.
Jezebel Delilah X pictured, photo by epli, photo taken at Queer Rebels