Fag, Stag, or Drag? John Neff and Frederick Weston in Conversation
Frederick Weston, "SoBar", 2018. Collage
Artists John Neff and Frederick Weston use their artworks as prompts to initiate a conversation about art, intoxication and order. The discussion will occur within a three-dimensional collage rendering of Weston's proposed SoBar ("Sober Bar"), an alcohol-free club for conversation, cruising and happenings.
The phrase "fag, stag, or drag?" indicates possible responses to an invitation to a party, and was popular from the 1970s to the 1990s. To respond "fag" means that you will not be attending—you will be fagging out. To respond "stag" is to announce that you will be attending alone. To respond "drag" is to note that you will attend plus one (or more as specified)—you will be dragging along your entourage.
John Neff makes artworks, organizes exhibitions, and works as a teaching artist. He serves as a curatorial board member at Chicago’s Iceberg Projects, co-director of the Ravenswood Elementary School Curatorial Practice Program, and a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Low-Residency MFA Program. Neff has exhibited in galleries and museums nationally since 1999.
Frederick Weston is an artist who often works in collage and performance. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Weston moved to New York to pursue art and fashion in the early 1970s. He was a co-founder of guerrilla artist group Underground Railroad in the mid-1990s, which produced street art and outdoor installations. His work is currently on view in the exhibition Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forwardat the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.