2nd Floor Rear 2016 > PiNK EYE: New Classics Vol. 1

PiNK EYE: New Classics was a one-night event of video and performance work curated by the Pilsen-based artist collective PiNK EYE, replete with archival footage/ephemera from The Bijou Theater and exhibited in collaboration with naomi FINEARTS and 1618 Gallery.

Utilizing the vintage gay porn films and ephemera of Chicago’s recently defunct gay adult theater/sex club Bijou, PiNK EYE: New Classics examined historic and current representations of sexual fantasy, authenticity and queer identity. With the closing of Bijou, a site of majority “classic” gay, cis-male presenting individuals, PiNK EYE: New Classics sought to respectfully pay homage to a legendary Chicago sexual institution while offering a critical space for new queer ideas, cultures and "classics" to emerge.

This inaugural PiNK EYE event was made possible through the collaborative programming efforts of Performance Director; José Hernandez, Moving Image Co-Curators; David Nasca and Jules Zinn, and Exhibition Director; Jonny Sommer *21+


B!TCH3Z Drinking Project begins the evening serving a select Bijou-inspired champagne cocktail within the immersive installation work of artists April Lynn and Sofia Moreno.