Scandal, Abuse, Tragedy & Passion! The Illustrious Life of Priscilla Prescott
Artist: Lanae Day with Special Guest Dino Tarot
October 4th, 2014
A performance cum slideshow-film-magazine by Lenae Day.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of illustrious film star and magnate Priscilla Prescott, Day Magazine reissued its special tell-all edition originally published April 10th, 1989. Remembering Priscilla Prescott traces the life and loves, tragedies and triumphs, and intrigues and escapades of that Hollywood dynasty that you love to hate. The Prescott women were pillars of the film world from their silent blockbusters to their straight-to-video flops of the late eighties.
Phyllis McGillicuddy, film enthusiast and Prescott fanatic, will fill us in on the most salacious tidbits and lasting legacies of Priscilla’s long career with a slideshow. Along with some seldom discussed stories, Ms. McGillicuddy will screen clips from two films that bookended Priscilla’s oeuvre, the classic of the silent era, Hot Tomato, from 1928 and her final film, The Virgin Terri released in 1989, the year of her death.
Performing in character as the Prescott Pictures film historian Phyllis McGillicuddy, interdisciplinary and performance artist Lenae Day brings a incredible interweaving of performance art, slideshow lecture, film and publication to Disjecta. McGillicuddy is one of the many characters inhabited by Day as she fleshes out her extensive hagiography of the fictional Prescott family. Day recasts, photographs, and films herself as all the Prescott women, their numerous husbands, and competitors and co-stars.
Through the development of comprehensive visual, written, and performative personae and storylines, Day archives and inhabits the professional and personal sagas of the Prescotts. This faux archive – which takes form in Day’s elaborate multiplayer performances and photographic staging – is reminiscent of the conceptual dramaturgy structuring the work of Cindy Sherman and Eleanor Antin. The Prescott history is presented through the familiar, albeit peculiar, subjectivity of the film enthusiast. In the well-researched and reverent mode of the movie lover, Day crafts the Prescott Pictures annals to culminate in an immersive Hollywood rag magazine teeming with intricately crafted ephemera—such as headshots, candid shots, advertisements, movie posters, hand-sewn costumes, and props. Spanning the rise and fall of Classical Hollywood, Day’s Remembering Priscilla Prescott both reflects and intervenes in the manifold histories and myths related to studio and celebrity constructs.
Day will also present the latest issue of her ongoing publication, Day Magazine. Her self-published magazine boasts period accurate graphic design and prose alongside lush photo spreads. In addition to the publication and her performance as Phyllis, Day will present new work in the form of fictional movie clips.
After the performance and screening, Day will emerge as herself for a Q&A session. Copies of her publication will be available for purchase.
The evening will also include Dino Tarot. Equal parts hypnosis, carnie grift and practical magic, Dino Tarot—”the fastest-growing form of dinosaur divination”—has brought surreal experiences to everyday places for over five years. For the first time, at Disjecta, Dino Tarot will host a special exhibitionist extension called “Step right up!” Participants who wish to engage and share the experience of a reading with onlookers are invited to “step right up” to receive their personalized dinosaur divination.
Read the Portland Mercury article about Day here.
About the Artists
Lenae Day Born in Germany and currently based in Los Angeles, Lenae Day is an artist and writer who transforms herself into both historical and imagined characters, telling short stories through video and magazine publications. She currently has two publications, “Modern Candor” and “DAY Magazine.” She was recently named “One of Eight L.A. Artists You Should Know” by Fabrik Magazine and her show, Prescott Pictures, received favorable reviews from L.A.Weekly, Artscene Cal, Hyperallergic, and Skylight Books. Most recently she was awarded the 5790 Projects grand exhibition prize.