Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™

A silent short film about Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™ at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2014).

Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™ organised for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2014) by artists Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner, who together form the curatorial initiative Ridykeulous, a queer feminist zine published in 2006.

The exhibition featured work by: Kathy Acker, Abe Ajay, Mike Albo, Artists Poster Committee (Frazier Dougherty, Jon Hendricks, Irving Petlin), Kathe Burkhart, Nao Bustamante, Jibz Cameron, Leidy Churchman, Dennis Cooper, Zackary Drucker, Nicole Eisenman, Tracey Emin, Daniel Feinberg, Louise Fishman, Glen Fogel, Hollis Frampton, Simon Fujiwara, Gary Gissler, Guerilla Art Action Group (G.A.A.G.), Harmony Hammond, Kathleen Hanna and Toby Vail, K8 Hardy, I.U.D., Donald Judd, Zoe Leonard, Ali Liebegott, Lucy Lippard, Catherine Lord, Bernadette Mayer, Allyson Mitchell & Deirdre Logue, Eileen Myles, Chuck Nanney, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Laura Parnes, Adrian Piper, William Powhida, Ad Reinhardt, Ridykeulous, Carolee Schneemann, Jack Smith, Nancy Spero, Nicola Tyson, Kara Walker, and David Wojnarowicz.

A.L. Steiner Lecture at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2015)

Video (1:18:25) recorded at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on Saturday, September 13, 2015.

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s introduction of the video:
A.L. Steiner utilizes constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, lecturing, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a skeptical queer eco-feminist androgyne. Steiner’s a member of the collective Chicks on Speed, co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder/organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), and collaborates with numerous visual and performing artists. Steiner is Assistant Professor and Director of University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design’s Master of Fine Arts Program and Visiting MFA Faculty at Bard College in New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Marieluise Hessel Collection, and the Museum of Modern Art. She is represented by Deborah Schamoni Gallerie in Munich and Koenig & Clinton in New York.’

A.L. Steiner and A.K. Burns Interview (2013)

Video interview with A.L. Steiner and A.K. Burns filmed Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Community Action Center, a film by A.L. Steiner + A.K. Burns (2010)

In this episode gallery director, Heyd Fontenot, speaks with the artists A. L. Steiner and A. K. Burns about their film, Community Action Center. In this video the artists talk about the production of the film which ‘incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual’. See the trailer.

Queer Fantasy

Excerpt from the ‘Leslie-Lohman Museum Recommends July 2015’ newsletter


July 11, 2015 – August 15, 2015
OHWOW Gallery
937 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069, USA

OHWOW Gallery is pleased to present Queer Fantasy, a group exhibition curated by William J. Simmons. Featuring work by ten artists – A.K. Burns, Leidy Churchman, Jimmy DeSana, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Mariah Garnett, Jacolby Satterwhite, David Benjamin Sherry, Jack Smith, A.L. Steiner, and John Waters – this show seeks to recount and preserve a frequently marginalized history of queer voices within contemporary art.

The discourse surrounding Queer Art seems to center on generalities that assume a univocal motive exists, and that all queer artists intend to participate in forwarding this speculative agenda. Rather than exploring the idiosyncratic aesthetic of Queerness, the dominant ideological narrative suggests that this genre is solely concerned with behavior stereotypically attributed to a “queer lifestyle.”

Community Action Center

Community Action Center (trailer), by A.L. Steiner and A.K. Burns from Steiner on Vimeo.

Community Action Center is a 69-minute sociosexual video by queer artists A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner. It incorporates “the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by 1970’s porn-romance-liberation films which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes and the body politic of a particular time and place. Community Action Center is a unique contemporary womyn-centric composition that serves as both an ode and a hole-filler.” The film was recently screened at Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, (2012), “Modern Mondays”, MoMA NY, (2012) and TATE Modern, London, UK, (2011).
Read more about Community Action Center.

Related Links

A.K. Burns’ website
A.K. Burns at Callicoon Fine Arts
A.L. Steiner’s profile at Saatchi Gallery