Macon Reed: Eulogy for the Dyke Bar
- When 17 Feb - 4 Mar 2023
156 Forbes St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
9AM–10PM MONDAY – SATURDAY (bar open from 5pm)
+61 2 8936 0888
UNSW Galleries, the National Art School and Sydney WorldPride present Eulogy for the Dyke Bar, an installation and participatory project by American artist Macon Reed.
The installation is a sculptural environment in the style of bygone lesbian bars, a functioning bar, and an active community space for performances, conversations, and socialising. It is created using ephemeral materials and features archival material of now-defunct lesbian nights, parties and bars in Sydney and America.
It reclaims the term ‘dyke’ in its most expansive sense and recognises that gender and identities are complex and fluid. The ‘bar’ is open to anyone who identifies with, or feels an allyship with, the dyke part of the queer spectrum in the past or present (or perhaps future).
“Eulogy for the Dyke Bar honors the complex role and histories that dyke bars have played for the larger queer community. It acknowledges that many are now gone due to factors like gentrification, assimilation, and perhaps changing needs in the community."
"The project is an opportunity to talk about all of this, as well as to celebrate dyke culture. To ask ourselves what kinds of alternative community spaces we want to create moving forward and how to share resources to make that happen. It’s about thinking of our community both on, and beyond, the dance floor and what collective liberation can look like while also honoring our queer histories.”
— Macon Reed, 2023
Installation open: 9am–5pm Monday – Saturday
Café open: 9am–3pm Monday – Friday
Bar open: 5–10pm Tuesday – Friday
Eulogy for the Dyke Bar is a satellite project commissioned by UNSW Galleries and co-presented with the National Art School in association with Sydney WorldPride. Programs are supported by the City of Sydney and Museums and Galleries NSW.
Eulogy for the Dyke Bar: Launch Party
Friday 17 February 2023
Club Chrome Takeover
Tuesday 21 February 2023
CAMP Women’s Night
Wednesday 22 February 2023
BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation Takeover
Thursday 23 February 2023
Queerly Divine Cosmos: Astrology & Tarot Readings
Friday 24 February 2023
Dykes On Mics Karaoke
Friday 24 February 2023
Dyketactics: fisting as erotics, politics and practice
Tuesday 28 February 2023
Panel: DIY Dykes & Queer Futures
Wednesday 1 March 2023
Radiant: Poetry & Open Mic Night
Thursday 2 March 2023
Dyke Decadence: Finissage Party
Friday 3 March 2023
Watch Isabel Farrington's short documentary on the work's presentation in New York City.