The Sodomite Invasion



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Installation shot. From left to right:

Lyle Ashton Harris
Marlon Taking Pills (with Jack Vincent), Oakland, California, 1994
Chromogenic print
54.6 x 38.1 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Salon 94, New York

Vitrine with archival material, Courtesy of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive

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Lyle Ashton Harris
Marlon Riggs and Cornel West, Black Popular Culture conference, New York, 1991
Chromogenic print
27.9 x 41.9 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Salon 94, New York

Vitrine with archival material, Courtesy of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive

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Vitrine with archival material, Courtesy of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive

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Vitrine with archival material, Courtesy of the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Lyle Ashton Harris
Marlon Riggs and Robert Shepard, 1991
Chromogenic print
27.9 x 41.9 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Salon 94, New York

Lyle Ashton Harris
bell hooks and Marlon Riggs, New York, n.d.
Chromogenic print
54.6 x 38.1 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Salon 94, New York

Marlon T. Riggs
Clips and trailers of Ethnic Notions, Tongues Untied, Affirmations, Anthem, Color Adjustment, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret), Black Is...Black Ain't, 1986-1994
Color film
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of California Newsreel and Signifyin' Works and Frameline Distribution

Karen Everett
I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs, 1996
color film
58:50
Courtesy of California Newsreel

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Karen Everett
I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs, 1996
color film
58:50
Courtesy of California Newsreel

Lyle Ashton Harris
Marlon Riggs and Cornel West, Black Popular Culture conference, New York, 1991
Chromogenic print
27.9 x 41.9 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Watermelon, 1979
Vintage C-print
40.64 x 50.8 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
101 Nudes, 1972
Vintage portfolio of 57 photos
39.5 x 29.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Watermelon, 1979
Vintage C-print
40.64 x 50.8 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
101 Nudes, 1972
Vintage portfolio of 57 photos
39.5 x 29.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
101 Nudes, 1972
Vintage portfolio of 57 photos
39.5 x 29.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
"Female Figure", n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
39.5 x 48.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Stiches, 1984
Cibachrome
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Balloons, 1985
Cibachrome
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
String VII, 1987
Vintage black and white gelatin print
Cibachrome
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Jimmy DeSana
101 Nudes, 1972
Vintage portfolio of 57 photos
39.5 x 29.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
101 Nudes, 1972
Vintage portfolio of 57 photos
39.5 x 29.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
"Female Figure", n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
39.5 x 48.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Stiches, 1984
Cibachrome
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Balloons, 1985
Cibachrome
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
String VII, 1987
Vintage black and white gelatin print
Cibachrome
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
101 Nudes, 1972
Vintage portfolio of 57 photos
39.5 x 29.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
"Female Figure", n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
39.5 x 48.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Stiches, 1984
Cibachrome
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Balloons, 1985
Cibachrome
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
String VII, 1987
Vintage black and white gelatin print
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Masking Tape, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Matt Wolf
Laurie Simmons Remembers Jimmy DeSana, 2017
Digital film
3:24
Courtesy of amfAR

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Coffee Table, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Condom, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Refrigerator, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Pliers, 1979
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Dildo, n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Shower, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Dildo, n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Shower, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Masking Tape, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Matt Wolf
Laurie Simmons Remembers Jimmy DeSana, 2017
Digital film
3:24
Courtesy of amfAR

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Submission, 1977-1978
Photobook
21.6 x 14.7 x 1.8 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Michael Morris & Vincent Trasov
Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Hardback - Board, 49 cards + 1 title card
16 x 10.5 cm
Vito Acconci
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm
Michael Morris
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm

Peter Hujar
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm

Alan Jones
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm

Robert Mapplethorpe
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm

Jimmy DeSana
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm

Ed Ruscha
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm

General Idea
Post Card from Image Bank Post Card Show, 1977
Offset Printed
16 x 10.5 x 2 cm

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Watermelon, 1979
Vintage C-print
40.64 x 50.8 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
101 Nudes, 1972
Vintage portfolio of 57 photos
39.5 x 29.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Coffee Table, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Condom, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Refrigerator, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Pliers, 1979
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Dildo, n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Shower, 1979
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 32 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Salvation, 1990
Portfolio of 33 photos and 1 newspaper clipping, detail
28 x 35.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Aluminum Foil, 1985
Cibachrome
28 x 35.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Candlestick, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Vegetables, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Socks, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Cap, 1985
Cibachrome
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Parka, 1986
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
"Wrapped Figure" , n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
42.5 x 34.9 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Jimmy DeSana
Salvation, 1990
Portfolio of 33 photos and 1 newspaper clipping, detail
28 x 35.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Jimmy DeSana
Salvation, 1990
Portfolio of 33 photos and 1 newspaper clipping, detail
28 x 35.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Tray, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Untitled (Male Nude), 1985
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Eyelashes, n.d.
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Chair, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Crackers, 1986
Cibachrome
28 x 35.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Seashells, 1982
Cibachrome
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Ravioli, 1985
Vintage black and white gelatin print
45.1 x 37.5 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Tray, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Untitled (Male Nude), 1985
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Eyelashes, n.d.
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Chair, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Crackers, 1986
Cibachrome
28 x 35.6 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Seashells, 1982
Cibachrome
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Ravioli, 1985
Vintage black and white gelatin print
45.1 x 37.5 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Candlestick, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Vegetables, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Socks, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Cap, 1985
Cibachrome
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

the-sodomite-invasion

Installation shot. From left to right:

Jimmy DeSana
Candlestick, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Vegetables, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Socks, 1986
Cibachrome
25.4 x 15.2 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Cap, 1985
Cibachrome
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
Parka, 1986
Vintage black and white gelatin print
35.6 x 28 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York

Jimmy DeSana
"Wrapped Figure" , n.d.
Vintage black and white gelatin print
42.5 x 34.9 cm
Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York


The Sodomite Invasion

Experimentation, Politics and Sexuality in the work of Jimmy DeSana and Marlon T. Riggs

Curated by Lorenzo Fusi

January 25 – August 29, 2020

Please note, this exhibition has been extended until August 29th, with the hope to be able to open to the public in the summer months. Please check back for more information on our plans to re-open.

Opening Reception: January 30, 2020, 7-9PM

Griffin Art Projects presents a double solo show pairing the work of two American artists: the fine art photographer Jimmy DeSana, a radical spirit and highly influential voice in the field of photography based in NYC, and the experimental film-maker and documentarist Marlon Riggs, a vocal activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS, whose filmic work primarily explores race relations and sexuality. The exhibition will be accompanied by a screening program of Rigg’s oeuvre in partnership with The Cinematheque during the opening week.

For the first in time Canada, the Griffin presents a large selection of works by DeSana, spanning from the early seminal series of B/W photographs self-published in ”101 Nudes” at the age of twenty, until the later experimentations in the darkroom that intensified as his AIDS condition progressed. Alongside DeSana’s photography, the Griffin dedicates the first exhibition display dedicated to filmmaker and documentarist Marlon T. Riggs. On show, will be documentary material focusing on his relations to Vancouver, and his planned, but never realized, project with VIVO Media Arts, as well as photos by Lyle Ashton Harris, and clips of Riggs’ most famous filmic work and the documentary “I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life Of Marlon Riggs”, a compassionate portrait of the artist by Karen Everett.

This exhibition project continues the mandate of Griffin Art Projects’ focus on collecting, examining in this case, what it means to be the steward of an artist’s archive and legacy. The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with photographer Laurie Simmons (Jimmy DeSana) and documentary filmmaker Vivianne Kleiman (Marlon T. Riggs), close friends of the artists who now oversee the artists’ archives and collections and whose work has been crucial in the honouring of their legacies. Both have loaned works from their collections and/or provided guidance and expertise for the project.

Marlon T. Riggs, 1957-1994, was a black gay writer, filmmaker, educator and social activist. Riggs graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1978 and from the University of California, Berkeley, with a master’s degree in journalism in 1981. Throughout his career Riggs produced, wrote and directed several innovative and provocative documentary films that examine black identity and the role of African Americans in the United States, including titles such as Ethnic Notions, Tongues Untied, and Color Adjustment. Riggs did not live to see the completion of his final film, Black Is… Black Ain’t. He died on April 5, 1994 of an AIDS related illness. Riggs’ exhibition is complemented by a series of photographic portraits by Lyle Ashton Harris, who collaborated with the filmmaker prior to his death.

Jimmy DeSana, 1949-1990, was an American artist who came of age in the 1970’s in New York City, alongside fellow artist-photographers Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin and Laurie Simmons. With over a dozen solo exhibitions during his lifetime, DeSana’s monograph, Submission (Scat Publications, 1979), is considered an essential photographic publication of the era. Throughout his career, DeSana’s work was featured in over fifty group exhibitions including the seminal 1981 P.S1 exhibition New York/New Wave. DeSana died in 1990 from an AIDS related illness. His work continues to be exhibited and acclaimed nationally and internationally.

Griffin Art Projects is partnering with the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and The Cinematheque to host The Rage To Live: The Queer Film Legacies of David Wojnarowicz and Marlon T. Riggs, a full weekend of film screenings, lectures and panel discussions dedicated to exploring the context of AIDS and activism through art and film. This program is presented in conjunction with Griffin Art Project’s exhibition The Sodomite Invasion, and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery’s exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Photography and Film, 1978 -1992.

This exhibition is part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program.