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Innovative cross-genre artist Nao Bustamante invokes avant-garde filmmaker Jack Smith and his muse, 1940s Dominican starlet Maria Montez, in a magical and joyfully twisted “filmformance” that explores race, glamour, sexuality and the silver screen. Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, audience interaction and campy costumes to take spectators on a bizarre and radical journey.
Embodying risk and endurance, Nao Bustamante stages interventions into everyday popular culture to highlight the queerness of the world around us. Her work has been performed and screened in galleries, museums, universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship, and in 2007 she was named a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. She appeared before a mass audience as a messy and complex artist on Bravo’s reality TV show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. She is an associate professor of new media and live art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.