The Valentine’s Day Tape an Avant-Garde Musician Left Behind

Gerardo Velazquez, a queer, Chicano artist and musician, left behind this tape, which you can now listen to at Coagula Curatorial.

Nervously Engendered: The Art of Gerardo Velazquez, installation view (all photos courtesy Coagula Curatorial)

Gerardo Velazquez, an artist and member of the band Nervous Gender, was an urgent voice at the intersection of queer, Chicano, and punk identities. Formed in 1978, the LA-based band offered an alternative to the then-prevalent testosterone-fueled, guitar-based punk with a synth-driven sound that was no less confrontational. His boundless creative energies found further expression in photography, poster and record design, performance, and early digital media experiments.

Gerardo Velazquez, “Late Valentine Tape”

Curated by Louis Jacinto, Nervously Engendered at Coagula presents a cross-section of Velazquez’s output, shedding light on this influential, but oft-overlooked artist. To celebrate the show’s closing, the gallery will be hosting a listening party of Velazquez’s “Late Valentine Tape.” Featuring eight songs, the tape was originally intended to be given to friends on Valentine’s Day 1991; however, he changed the cover art to read “Late” after the holiday had passed. The original recording was found among his possessions, a year after he died from AIDS at the age of 33.

When: Saturday, December 16, 6–9pm
Where: Coagula Curatorial (974 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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