Tate Modern Film

Garage Sale

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Garage Sale 1976, film still. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Join us for the opening night of the Bruce and Norman Yonemoto retrospective, featuring their first collaborative film

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Garage Sale, USA 1976, 16mm transferred to digital, colour, sound, 85 min

Launching the Yonemotos’ joint practice, Garage Sale is a campy X-rated feature centred on a story of marital upheaval between drag queen Goldie Glitters and her fair-haired husband Hero. A onetime member of San Francisco’s legendary Cockettes theatre troupe, Goldie was famously crowned Santa Monica College’s 1975 Homecoming Queen, captured in Bruce Yonemoto’s documentary Homecoming (1975). Garage Sale subverts the drag aspect of Goldie’s performance enabling her to sympathetically play a woman whose fantasies and expectations have been shaped by Hollywood romance films. The film follows the couple as Hero tries to regain Goldie’s love by seeking the advice of a cast of eccentric characters.

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Garage Sale II, USA 1980, video, colour, sound, 31 min

Featuring performances by artists Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley, Garage Sale II moves between a couple’s sexually dysfunctional relationship and a series of vignettes in which characters attempt to fulfil their desires through prosthetics, masturbation, manipulation and S&M

Followed by a discussion and Q&A with Bruce Yonemoto. 

This programme is rated 18+ and contains scenes of a sexually explicit nature.

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Garage Sale II 1980, film still. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Garage Sale II 1980, film still. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Garage Sale II 1980, film still. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Garage Sale II 1980, film still. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Garage Sale 1976, film still. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Garage Sale 1976, film still. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Garage Sale 1980, slide. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Garage Sale 1976, slide. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto, Garage Sale 1980, slide. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

​Bruce and Norman Yonemoto Garage Sale 1976, slide. Courtesy Bruce Yonemoto

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Starr Cinema

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

20 January 2017 at 19.00–21.30