August 9th, 2013 | Published in Artists
Mx Justin Vivian Bond - Best known as “the greatest cabaret artist of v’s generation” (The New Yorker) writer, singer, painter, and performance artist Justin Vivian Bond has performed internationally for over 20 years selling out such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, and multiple extended runs at The Soho Theater in London’s West End. A leading voice on the issues of transgender advocacy and awareness, Justin does not identify as male or female, prefers the pronoun ‘v’ and uses the honorific Mx instead of Mr. or Miss.
After having been awarded both the Obie and Bessie for v’s work as one half of the legendary cabaret duo Kiki and Herb, Mx Bond was nominated for a Special Tony Award for writing, directing and starring in Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway. In 2013 Justin premiered the highly acclaimed solo work Mx America with a tour of Australia followed by an extended sold-out residency at Joe’s Pub in The Public Theater in New York City. A notable figure within the downtown performance art scene v has written, directed and starred in several groundbreaking, multi-cast shows at The Kitchen, PS 122, The Abrons Arts Center and has also acted as Emcee for the Weimar era inspired cabaretWeimar New York at the world famous Spiegeltent and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Mx Bond is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, published by The Feminist Press and Susie Says… a collaboration with photographer Gina Garan (Powerhouse Books, 2012). A fiercely independent artist, V’s debut CD Dendrophile was self-released on WhimsyMusic in 2011 and was followed by Silver Wells in 2012.
In 2011 Participant Inc. presented the first exhibition of v’s photographs and watercolors, The Fall of the House of Whimsy, in New York City. Group shows include Passages curated by Zachari Logan at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, NYC and Self-Consciousness curated by Peter Doig and Hilton Als at Galerie VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin. Other notable career highlights include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50 Anniversary Season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s filmShortbus. Other films include Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and Fanci’s Persuasion (1995). Mx Bond is a recipient of The Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award for Performance Art/Theater.
Please visit www.justinbond.com to download and enjoy v’s music and blog, Justin Vivian Bond is Living!