moma mans up to take on ultra-controversial director bruce la bruce
The controversial Canadian director will bring his irreverent breed of queer cinema to the museum’s film program.
Since he first shot the queer punk romance No Skin Off My Ass on a Super 8 film camera back in 91, controversial Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce has been shocking and challenging audiences with his unique take on gay pornographic cinema. Equal parts radical underground, camp satire, and arthouse-inspired, LaBruce' works—which include scenes in which a neo-Nazi skinhead jerks off onto a copy of Mein Kampf and an alien zombie fucks dead people back to life—have drawn picketers, police, and even attempted bombings. But that's not stopping the Museum of Modern Art from spotlighting LaBruce's singular contribution to the world of film.
This Thursday, MoMA will kick off its Bruce LaBruce retrospective, showcasing all nine of the director's feature films and a number of his short pieces. The series will open with the 2013 flick Gerontophilia, an intergenerational romantic comedy without any sex scenes at all, and close out on May 2 with 99's Skin Flick, the aforementioned chronicle of neo-Nazi sexcapades.
LaBruce will also be moderating discussions following a number of these screenings. As we learned from his interview with i-D Arts Editor Kathy Grayson, he's unafraid to answer questions about his work openly and honestly, so come with your burning queries at the ready.
You can find a full list of featured films and a screening schedule here.
Text Emily Manning
Image Skin Flick. 1999. Canada, Germany, UK, Japan. Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Courtesy the filmmaker.