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Still from Paris Is Burning (1991)

Film Screening: Paris Is Burning

Thursday, June 27, 2019 ● 7:15 pm

Albright-Knox Grounds, Hoyt Lake Side

Join the Albright-Knox and the Pride Center of Western New York for a free outdoor screening of Paris Is Burning (1991) on the Hoyt Lake side of the museum. Before the screening, hear from Buffalo’s LGBTQ community to learn more about local queer history in the context of this film.

Paris Is Burning depicts a New York fashion subculture. Shot in the late 1980s, the film examines how a community of Black and Latino gay and transgender New Yorkers build sustenance, creativity, and family. Exploring ballroom culture—and defining and re-defining words like “house,” “mother,” “shade,” “voguing,” and “Realness”—Paris Is Burning draws a series of incisive character portraits. The film writes a complex essay on class, race, identity, and the transformative powers of dance and performance.

Parking will be available in the museum’s lot on Elmwood Avenue for $8. There is also parking available on the roads surrounding the museum. Please take care to adhere to all parking regulations.

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