Music Talk: Justin Vivian Bond with Jim Hodges


This event will be hosted on Youtube Live on Saturday, Mar 27 at 4 pm CT.

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Left: Justin Vivian Bond Photo: Bob Krasner, Right: Jim Hodges Photo: Tim Hailand

Content Warning

This program contains discussions about sex. There is some profanity.

about the event

Acclaimed singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, and actor Justin Vivian Bond chats, riffs, and improvises with long-time friend and collaborator, installation artist Jim Hodges.

Bond has been at the forefront of Trans visibility and activism since the early 1990s, and has been described as “the best cabaret artist of their generation.” Hodges is known for his mixed-media sculptures and collages that involve delicate artificial flowers, mirrors, chains as spiderwebs, and cut-up jeans. They share a belief in beauty’s power to resist and creativity’s capacity to hold even difficult histories. Both have shown their work at the MCA, but in this livestreamed event they come together in Hodges’s studio in Queens, and with Bond’s band in the background, to reflect on their artistic processes, their entwined journey through the art world, and their dreams for how to reshape its future.

The Soundtrack on March 26 features Bond and Hodges's playlist of songs of resistance, tenderness, and power.

MCA Music Talks pair powerhouse musicians pushing the boundaries of musical genres with prolific artists, activists, writers, and thinkers to take on big ideas in art and culture. These intimate evenings of performance and conversation reveal their art world anecdotes, shared ideas, and creative inspirations.

This program is coproduced with The Kitchen at Queenslab. Please note this event takes place in Central Time.



This Music Talk features captioning.


Major support for the Dialogue Series is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein, Zell Family Foundation, and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund.

Generous support is provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation, and Caryn and King Harris.

Lead support for the New Works Initiative is provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman. Lead support for the 2020–21 season of MCA Performance and Public Programs is also provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman.

Major support for the 2020 MCA Performance season is provided by the Alphawood Foundation and Julie and Larry Bernstein. Generous support is also provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation; Ginger Farley and Bob Shapiro/the Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley Jr. Family Foundation; Susan Manning and Doug Doetsch; and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund. Additional generous support for MCA Stage is provided by Enact, the MCA’s performance affinity group. The MCA is a proud member of the Museums in the Park and receives major support from the Chicago Park District.