Annie Sprinkle / Beth Stephens: Goodbye Gauley Mountain (2014)

September 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theatre
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
Annie Sprinkle / Beth Stephens: Goodbye Gauley Mountain (2014)  @ Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theatre | New York | New York | United States

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story is the true tale of two San Francisco “ecosexual” artist-lovers who join forces with environmental activists in trying to stop a destructive form of mining. This David-and-Goliath struggle for survival in the coalfields is narrated through an autobiographical family visit home. The documentary injects an otherwise dire situation with sexy fun and surprising activist strategies, such as a performance art marriage to the mountains. Goodbye Gauley Mountain raises awareness about the devastation of mountain-top-removal (MTR) mining, while celebrating the Earth’s ecosexual glory.

Annie Sprinkle has passionately explored sexuality for over 40 years, creating her unique brand of feminist sex films, visual art and performance, as well as writing, teaching and lecturing. A champion of sex worker rights and a pivotal player in the Sex Positive Movement, Sprinkle received her BFA from the New York School of Visual Arts, and was the first porn star to earn a Ph.D. In 2013 she received the Artist/Activist/Scholar Award from Performance Studies International at Stanford University, and was awarded the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant Garde.

Beth Stephens is an interdisciplinary artist, activist, and a professor at U.C. Santa Cruz. For over 25 years, her visual and performance work has explored themes of the body, queerness, and feminism. Stephens has exhibited and performed in museums, galleries, and theaters across the U.S. and Europe, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Vortex in Austin, PS1 in New York City, the Museo Reina Sophia in Madrid, and the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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