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September 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

A person with buzzed brown hair looks intensely into the camera over a pair of aviator sunglasses, which are reflecting a black and white striped floor. In one raised hand, the person holds a stiletto shoe with sequins on its sole. The other hand holds a red brick with sequins on one side. The scene is saturated with a purple glow.

Fox Whitney’s ongoing interdisciplinary performance and research project, MELTED RIOT, moves from its latest iteration, Chromatic, presented at On the Boards, into the online photography and print collection of the Henry Art Gallery. Interacting with the Henry’s collection in private and public ways, Fox and his Gender Tender collaborators will approach this research with the intent of unearthing and/or highlighting the queer and transitional qualities they discover as they zoom in and out of the artwork, and the queer and transitional qualities in their bodies, minds, and spirits.

RGB is the culmination of a weeklong investigation into works in the Henry’s collection, and the first of three live-streamed MELTED RIOT performances with the Henry. RGB is modeled after the RGB color process, by which colors are rendered on screen using combinations of red, green, and blue. The artworks selected for investigation and dialogue are inspired by this process, which will be actively contemplated during the event.

MELTED RIOT uses tactics rooted in dance, durational performance, and visual art to investigate the effects peaceful and violent forms of support and sabotage have on the bodies, minds, and spirits of the transgender and queer community. MELTED RIOT softens the word riot (a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd) replacing the word VIOLENT with: somatic, satirical, surreal, psychedelic. Inspired by the Stonewall Riots, this performance research project will use an isolated crowd of socially distant voices, bodies, and sculptural interventions to investigate radical extremes inspired by the Henry’s collection and the QTBIPOC viewpoint of artist Fox Whitney. MELTED RIOT is a surreal protest song, a queer meditation, a psychedelic research project, a punk prayer.

Fox Whitney is the architect/choreographer behind Gender Tender, an interdisciplinary performance project based in Seattle, WA. He creates experiences that investigate the nature of queer relationships, trans histories, and the surreal nature of transformation, and center his queer black mixed transgender point of view. Gender Tender engages a team of artists trained in Fox’s unique methods modeled on sports teams, cults, sitcoms, and riots. He has performed in work by Morgan Thorson, Gabrielle Civil, Vladimir Kremenović, Keyon Gaskin, and Malic Amalya. His most recent project, MELTED RIOT, a queer meditation inspired by the Stonewall Riots of 1969, was presented by Velocity Dance Center on the 50th anniversary of the riots in 2019. He is currently an Artist in Residence at On the Boards in Seattle.

This performance is being hosted over Zoom and requires ability to join Zoom meetings via their app or a web browser. We strive to provide services and accommodations for anyone who needs assistance. Please email contact-programs@henryart.org with particular accessibility needs or concerns you may have.


September 12, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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Henry Art Gallery


Wheelchair accessible
BIPOC artist(s), LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
Event Type
Performance Art
Pandemic Info
Online Only


Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE &, NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98195
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