Visitors have only one weekend left to experience the music of acclaimed Chicago House Music pioneer and DJ Frankie Knuckles as part of the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum.
To complement that experience, the AGO presents a free screening of Canadian writer and filmmaker Malcolm Ingram’s acclaimed 2013 documentary Continental on Friday, October 28. Praised by critics as “fascinating” and “a saucy trip back to more closeted times”, Continental takes viewers inside the legendary Continental Baths, a New York City gay hotspot that existed from the late 1960s to 1974 inside the legendary Ansonia Hotel on West 74th Street. Featuring a swimming pool, restaurant, nautilus room, bar, and a disco, the venue hosted live performances each Saturday night. Patti Labelle, Bette Midler with her pianist Barry Manilow, and house DJ Frankie Knuckles all got their start at this luxurious clubhouse and entertainment complex.
Chronicling an important chapter in LGBT history, the film features interviews and archival footage of Frankie Knuckles as well as owner Steve Ostrow and many of the habitués and performers. Click here for free tickets and more information.