Sunday, July 16
Opening Cocktail Reception with Magnus Hastings
Proceeds from the event benefit Los Angeles LGBT Center
Special Performances by Alaska 5000 (Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars 2 Winner), Willam Belli (Rupaul's Drag Race season 4) and Misty Violet!
Hosted by Dave Sirus (SNL/Triumph's Election Special)
DJ Lady C (Dublab Radio/KCHUNG)
Food and drinks provided by Absolut Vodka and The Crescent Hotel
Magnus Hastings is a British born photographer whose work has been featured in GQ, People Magazine, Glamour Magazine (UK) and the Sunday Times magazine. Hastings began to photograph drag artists in London, Sydney and eventually Los Angeles, where he relocated in 2011. He exhibited a series of his drag photographs in New York City entitled “Why Drag?” in 2014 securing him a book deal with Chronicle Books. Hastings' book, “Why Drag?” was published in 2016, with a foreword by Boy George Hastings’ book features photographs of a diverse selection of drag artists from across the United States. Sir Elton John described the book as “F**king brilliant!! The best photography book in years”. The book features portraits of performers and has them each answer the question “Why Drag?”, revealing their reasons for participating in the art form.
"Why Not!" is Hastings' debut Los Angeles exhibition, featuring photographs from his 2016 book "Why Drag?" in addition to new work. Fine art prints will be available for purchase.