Thursday, July 25
Seating begins at 7pm / Screening begins promptly at 7:30pm
Narcissister Organ Player, 2018
Documentary in English and French, with English subtitles
Running time: 1 hour 31 minutes
Organ Player is an eye-opening self-portrait by Narcissister, the Brooklyn-based performance artist whose work explores race, sexuality, and body image with infinite candor and grace. A former dancer, Narcissister’s live shows amuse, shock, confound, and enchant in equal measure. With familial roots that are Moroccan, Jewish, and African-American, she explores the intimacies of her relationship with a mother whose influence and support were critical in shaping the artist she is today. The doubleness of Narcissister’s stage personality (mostly naked, but with her face fully or partially masked) has its origins in the intensity of her identification with her mother. Smartly edited by Taryn Gould, the film has as much to say about self-love as self-loathing in women’s lives.
The New York Times Review
‘Narcissister Organ Player’ [Partly] Unveils an Artist
US Theatrical Premiere of Organ Player at Film Forum
Q&A with Jeffrey Deitch
Watch Narcissister perform
America's Got Talent
“A fascinating avant-garde home-movie documentary psychodrama. She’s a prankish gender outlaw whose work is at once witty, shocking, disturbing, and supremely expressive of her feminine mystique. Narcissister is literally a one-woman head trip.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Narcissister’s work is subversive, funny, and beautiful, in part, because of the clever intricacy of her physical acrobatics and her DIY sensibility. Focused on the female body, particularly its orifices and internal passageways, her work explores how this messy viscerality coexists alongside the various signifiers of conventional feminine allure - blond hair, lipstick, pearls, high heels, long legs, sexy lingerie..."
– Tim Murphy, Vulture
Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Wearing mask and merkin, she works at the intersection of performance, dance, art, and activism in a range of media including film, video art, and experimental music. She actively integrates her prior experience as a professional dancer and commercial artist with her art practice in a range of media including photography, video art, and experimental music. She has presented work worldwide at festivals, nightclubs, museums, and galleries. She received a Bessie Award nomination for the theatrical performance of “Organ Player” and 2015 Creative Capital and United States Artists Awards. Interested in troubling the popular entertainment and experimental art divide, she appeared on America’s Got Talent. Her first feature film “Narcissister Organ Player” premiered at Sundance and SXSW in 2018.