Bob Mizer: Fight Club
Bob Mizer: Fight Club

BOB MIZER: FIGHT CLUB

Apr 11, 2013 - Apr 16, 2013

STUDIO 1.1
57A Redchurch Street
London, Great Britain

Curators: DENNIS BELL, BILLY MILLER, KONSTANTINOS MENELAOU
Production: THE QUEER ARCHIVE, BOB MIZER FOUNDATIONFRINGE FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL
Commissioned by: FRINGE FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Fringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone. It is a not-for-profit and run by a team of passionate volunteers. From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2013 will be hosting over 40 diverse events to tickle every one of the senses.

ART: BOB MIZER: FIGHT CLUB 

Studio1.1, The Bob Mizer Foundation and Fringe! present a one-week-only installation sampling later period wrestling films from the estate of legendary photographer, filmmaker and independent publisher Bob Mizer. Mizer founded his ground-breaking Athletic Model Guild studio in 1945 and during his long career, his work influenced countless others from Andy Warhol to Bruce Weber on the one hand, and the entire emerging gay independent publishing and adult film industry on the other. Over his fifty year career as an artist, he photographed bodybuilders, US servicemen, male prostitutes (and their girlfriends), and his fair share of cultural figures, including Victor Mature, Alan Ladd, Susan Hayward, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Dallesandro, and a vast array of other subjects which have only recently been coming to light. Bob began making films in 1954 which he advertised in his own publication (the highly-influential “Physique Pictorial” series) and as the times changed, so did his product: which went from “one reel” super-8 black and white posing-strap movies to 16 and 35-mm films shown in theaters across the country, and then finally to the VHS video format. This pop-up exhibition, realized in conjunction with Studio 1.1 and the Fringe! Film Festival, displays output from the mid-1970s to late 1980s. Organized by Konstantinos Menelaou of Fringe! in conjunction with Dennis Bell and Billy Miller of the Bob Mizer Foundation. 

ART: BOB MIZER: FIGHT CLUB - Studio 1.1, 57A Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ

Thursday 11th April-Tuesday 16th April, 12noon-6pm - Private view: Wednesday 10th April, 6pm-9pm


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