Teaser #3″  A film by Leo Herrera with footage by Black Party 2018 Creative Director, queer artist Gio Black Peter.

ContactAndy Reynolds, Popular Publicity, andy@popularpublicity.com
Note: There is no press list for The Black Party*

THE SAINT AT LARGE presents Rites XXXIX: The Black Party 2018
“PIGTOPIA: I Want to Break Free
April 21, 2018 • New York City
Multimedia artist Gio Black Peter named Creative Director

Photo by Gio Black Peter

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Listings info at the bottom of this page.

(New York, NY) February 28, 2018–In a world increasingly threatened by small minds and big politics, The Black Party steamrolls into its 39th year. Legendary, welcoming, intimidating and exclusive, Rites XXXIX: The Black Party continues to pierce the boundaries of queer culture.

Underscoring the party’s forward momentum is the commissioning of New York City artist Gio Black Peter as this year’s Creative Director. A multimedia provocateur who’s built a formidable body of work resisting proscription and conformity, attendees can anticipate Gio’s eye-popping art, video, and performances to gleefully exploit this year’s theme, “PIGTOPIA: I Want to Break Free.”

Reliably subversive and immersive, the Black Party remains a world unto itself, a portal into a dizzying, dark, and decadent celebration of fetish, dance and art.

About the Theme: “PIGTOPIA: I Want to Break Free”


The place is here, the time is now.  Imagine if you will, an industrial farm where humanoid pig creatures are freakishly bred for their meat.  Creating a pig resistance movement, they muscle out their very own censor-free zone. In this new animal Eden–this “PIGTOPIA”– pleasure becomes a weapon and an act of defiance against forces threatening to take away their freedom. Through peepholes looking in, we glimpse scenes of a happy hedonistic queer Americana.

About the Creative Director: Gio Black Peter


This year’s Black Party featured artist and creative director is multi-media artist, performer and actor Gio Black Peter. Raised in New York City since the age of 5, Peter has become a quintessential New York artist and icon of the downtown scene.  Peter’s work explores nocturnal dreamlands and lucidity of the everyday, with themes including queer identity, the policing of boundaries, race, sexuality and immigration.

The Black Party 2018 Teaser #1 video by queer artist Gio Black Peter. A twisted twist on the #SatisfactionChallenge if there ever was one. Get the CENSORED version here.

He has appeared as an actor in James Bolton’s film “Eban and Charley” (2001) and Bruce LaBruce’s film “Otto; or, Up with Dead People” (2008). In 2013 he published a limited edition queer magazine “Satanica” and self-released “The Virgin Shuffle” album. In 2016 he was the featured artists at the 30th annual Hyères international festival of fashion and photography in France.

His work was recently used by Belgium designer Walter Van Beirendonck for his SS 2017 menswear collection. Peter resides in New York City and is currently working on a book project and album scheduled to be released in Summer 2018.

Previous Black Party creative directors include theatrical production designer Vance Garrett (production manager, Sleep No More), conceptual artist and director Rob Roth, Executive Director of The Box, Richard Kimmel and Downtown icon, Dean Johnson. Black Party posters have featured the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, REX, George Platt Lynes, Mark Ryden, Aaron Cobbett, Joe Oppedisano and Rob Roth.

About The Black Party


Rites XXXIX: The Black Party 2018 teaser video forthcoming, meanwhile, watch
SUBmerged: The 2017 Post Black Party Video from The Saint At Large by BunnyZ.

Held this year on April 21st, The Black Party®’s annual Rites of Spring celebration has firmly established itself as gay New York’s biggest, most intense nightlife event of the year. After 39 legendary years, it remains reliably and utterly unique; a mysterious, and highly anticipated one-night only, no-holds barred, nocturnal carnival.

Jetting in from over three continents, the loyal tribe numbers over 4000. All arrive eager to shed their winter skins, inhibitions and everyday personas. The order of the night: gear up, dance and revel in this carefully constructed alternate universe of fetish, fantasy and fun that is The Black Party.


"Pre-gaming the [2017] Black Party with Casey Spooner, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Friends"
“Pre-gaming the [2017] Black Party with Casey Spooner, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Friends”
Related: “Pre-gaming the [2017] Black Party with Casey Spooner, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Friends“”People want to break free from their everyday boring 9-5 lives, says Creative Director Gio Black Peter. “They want to break free from all this nonsense happening with the Dump administration, they want to break free from the monotony of everyday existence in their tiny apartments, their ungrateful pets and so-so love life: We are going to provide one night where they can. A night where they can live out their fantasy.”The Black Party® is structured in five acts, each corresponding a set of increasingly intense dance music by five world class DJs. Attendees enter into an immersive environment, a theatrically produced vortex of rhythm and light ignited throughout the night by the party’s infamous Strange Live Acts. and delightfully subversive multimedia installations.

The Black Party has always featured an international roster of world class DJs, from Danny Tenaglia, to DJs from several of the Berghain DJs to Johnny Dynell, Victor Calderone, Hex Hector, Sharon White, Mistress Barbara and many more. Listen to live sets from previous years on The Saint At Large Soundcloud page.

About the Venue: Depot 52 Warehouse

Depot 52 Warehouse, in Sunset Park Brooklyn, is a former turn of the century submarine shipyard, with the original steel and brick work still intact. An enormous venue, with a capacity for crowds of up to 5,000 people, it sits on the waterfront, with views of New York Harbor. Depot 52 Warehouse is a favorite concert venue for international superstar DJs and as such, for The Black Party, this former factory will be installed with the most advanced sound and light system in the world.

Listings info:


THE SAINT AT LARGE presents Rites XXXIX: The Black Party 2018
“PIGTOPIA: I Want to Break Free”

April 21, 2018 • New York City
NEW VENUE: Brooklyn Warehouse
169 54th Street (Entrance)
Brooklyn, NY 11232
21+ Valid ID Required
Sponsored by Priape.comArt by Gio Black Peter
Age 27 & UNDER Ticket: $65 (Limited. At door, cash only before 12:30AM, if available)
Tickets: http://saintatlarge.com

*NOTE: No press, cameras, phones or media will be admitted to The Black Party®. Attendees are asked to respect each other’s privacy and freedom of expression. Phones and cameras must be checked at the door. This is mandatory. Security will confiscate the mobile device of any patron violating the no cellphone policy. Busted patrons can claim their phones at the end of the event after deleting all images from their phone, cloud, etc. Those who disrespect this rule will be blacklisted from all future Saint At Large events.

Media Contact: Andy Reynolds at Popular Publicity, andy@popularpublicity.com. Please be aware that there is no press list or press passes for The Black Party®.


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