Queer|Art, New York City’s home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, is pleased to announce the upcoming Fall season of Queer|Art|Film, returning in person September 27th – December 13th.
After a year of virtual screenings, Queer|Art|Film is back at our home base at the IFC Center with a stunning Fall lineup curated by Adam Baran and Heather Lynn Johnson. Each month we invite our favorite queer artists to present a film that inspired them, then hold a fascinating post-screening Q&A that illuminates the film and its impact on our guest’s work and life.
Coming up: the debonair fashion illustrator Richard Haines; Fred Schneider, the iconic frontman and founding member of everyone’s favorite band: The B-52’s; and multi-talented singer, writer, painter, comedian and rapper Shamir! We can’t wait to see everyone in person for the first time, so don’t miss these incredible, one-of-a-kind screenings!
Monday, October 18th
Richard Haines presents Beauty and the Beast
(Jean Cocteau, 1946)
Jean Cocteau, a French poet, novelist, filmmaker, and director of the 1946 rendition of Beauty and the Beast uses magical realism and queer nuance to illustrate the many forms in which beauty manifests itself. A major figure in the Surrealist and Dada art movements, Cocteau’s dreamy special effects create a mise-en-scene that is lush with Freudian symbolism and homoeroticism. Like the wall of muscular arms holding candelabras, the set feels like a third wheel to the poetic and haunting love story between Belle and The Beast. Jean Marais, Cocteau’s muse and lover, plays the monstrous beast as well as three other roles in this film, while Josette Day, as Belle, plays a convincingly horrified and orgasmic damsel. Richard Haines, our guest presenter, will talk about how this film not only shaped his life but also his love of art, design, fashion, and all things queer.
About Richard Haines
To Richard Haines, New York City is an endless runway. He first moved to the city to pursue illustration and instead found a successful career as a fashion designer. Through fashion design, working for such brands as Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis and Bill Blass, he developed a keen eye for the often overlooked details of form, fabric and how a garment falls on the body. This laid a foundation for his illustration work and after years in the world of fashion design, his career has now come full circle allowing him to emerge as one of today’s most sought after fashion illustrators.