SELECT is defined as something that is carefully chosen from a large group as being the best or most valuable within that group. After a year hiatus, SELECT returns to New York this September as the SELECT Project. Drawing on the very definition of the word “select”, namely, a highly curated museum quality exhibition anchored by an historically significant body of work.
For the inaugural exhibition we will be screening “Pickup’s Tricks”, a rarely before seen post-beat documentary of Hibiscus and the Cockettes, pioneers of San Francisco’s underground queer theater in the early ’70s. The film, shot in San Francisco between 1971 and 1973 also stars Allen Ginsberg and the Angels of Light. Unveiling “Pickup’s Tricks” during SELECT this year provides a fascinating window into post hippie San Francisco, especially in light of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
The supporting exhibition of contemporary work will be hand picked to complement the film by SELECT’s founder Matthew Eck. This juxtaposition of early 21st century art and the historical document of Pickup’s Tricks is resonant with today’s socio-cultural climate, as we exist in both zeitgeist at once.