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"Legends of Drag" Harry James Hanson & Devin Antheus with Jo MaMa & Lúc Ami!

Join Unabridged Bookstore & Gerber/Hart Library and Archives at Third Space Chicago as we kick off Pride Celebrations with Legends of Drag: Queens of a Certain Age! Jo MaMa & Lúc Ami will chat with authors Harry James Hanson & Devin Antheus!

Drag has officially transcended the underground and exploded into the mainstream. Queens have more visibility than ever, and it’s been hard won through decades of perseverance, imagination, and intergenerational support within local drag communities. It’s time to honor the queens who paved the way for the new generation of drag and are still carrying out their work today.

​To create Legends of Drag, a photo book and archive of living drag history, authors Harry James Hanson and Devin Antheus traveled coast to coast, visiting 16 cities to meet 80 legendary entertainers who shared boundless wisdom and powerful anecdotes from their lives. These queens are featured in stunning portraits shot on location and styled with unique floral elements.

 

Harry James Hanson is an artist, creative director, and lifelong drag performer based in Brooklyn. Their work spans the fine art, commercial, and editorial worlds, driven by a desire to tell beautiful stories and collaborate with other artists. Hanson’s photography has been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed, PAPER, New York magazine, and Rolling Stone.

Devin Antheus is a floral stylist, spirit worker, and writer living in San Francisco. They are a devotee of the Goddess Flora, a founder of the Temple of Dionysos, and the Thiasos of the Flowering Branch. They teach classes on floral design, Mediterranean mystery traditions, and queer spiritualities. Their writing has been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the New Inquiry, and Co—Star Astrology Society. They are an editor-at-large for Contagion Press. Prelude and Foreword written by fashion icon Miss J Alexander and drag superstar Sasha Velour.

Moderating a conversation with the authors is Chicago's own Jo MaMa & Lúc Ami!

Joe Lewis aka Jo MaMa has been a Chicago resident for over a decade and an active member of the queer community for even longer. They have been known to wear many hats both figuratively and metaphorically as they express themselves through many artforms including drag, photography, and various other mediums all while producing shows and working in various operational entertainment/nightlife capacities. Recently Jo has focused their efforts and activism towards the current movement against racial injustice as well as societal and political oppression as seen in their organization of the Drag March for Change and multiple other actions within the movement. Jo MaMa is currently a head co-chair on the Chicago Black Drag Council, one of Chicago Mag's Power 30 in 2021, and a recipient of The Out 100 for Out Magazine 2020

 

Lúc Ami is a Chicago based drag artist that intersects Blackness with intergalactic and ethereal visions to the stage as an alien deity. They host a bi-monthly show at Berlin Nightclub called Boyz 2 Men and a weekly show at Charlie's Bar Chicago called QUEERIOD! Follow them on Instagram at @Luc.ami for updates on exciting upcoming ventures they have planned!

Meet the authors and get your copy of the book early! We'll be at Third Space Chicago for Legends of Drag with Harry James Hanson & Devin Antheus on Saturday, June 4th at 3pm CT!

Third Space Chicago is a community space in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood where people can gather, learn, and form meaningful relationships. Click here for more about Third Space!

Founded in 1981, Gerber/Hart’s collections focus on the culture and history of LGBTQ peoples and additional marginalized sexual and gender minorities in Chicago and the Midwest. Open to all, Gerber/Hart serves these communities by collecting, preserving, and making accessible collection items of individuals, organizations, and businesses, as well as publicly distributed items. Additionally, Gerber/Hart provides programming and exhibitions related to items in its collections and on other topics in LGBTQ history and culture.

Legends of Drag: Queens of a Certain Age Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781419758478
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Cernunnos - June 21st, 2022

Event date: 

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

716 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
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