March 30 2024: An evening of entertainments including an interview with filmmaker Heather Buckley followed by a burlesque show curated by Joe.

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Interview with Heather Buckley for Special Edition Blu-ray of Born for Hell. (2021) Severin Films.

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Limited Edition Blu-ray of Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer with Joe’s original poster art and interview with Heather Buckley


Jan 29, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Featuring Michael Bonesteel, a leading author and expert on Henry Darger, art dealer Marion Harris, who has brought the work of Morton Bartlett to international acclaim, and renowned artist Joe Coleman, this panel, moderated by critic and curator Carlo McCormick, will present a risky conversation on the outré within outsider art, and consider what place this kind of work now occupies in a body politic increasingly defined by a new social consciousness and sensitivity.

Trigger Warning: The material that will be discussed arises from private desires and urges that are not considered appropriate or normal by conventional societal standards. The panel will deal with these issues in a nonjudgemental spirit of tolerance, but is not recommended for those who may find non-hegemonic perspectives on sexuality or violence disturbing.

Image: Henry Darger “At Wickey Sansinia Christians come to rescue,” watercolor, pencil, collage, and carbon tracing on pieced paper, 19 x 44.75 in., c. 1940-1950

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Directed by Anna Mikami. Joe has a cameo as a fictionalized version of himself as an eccentric collector.


Joe Coleman performs spoken word while backed by King Kahn on Sitar


Halloween 2019 Joe performed with King Khan and many others. More info:


In this unique live conversation moderated by film writer and producer Heather Buckley, Joe Coleman will investigate a series of films and the ways that concepts of high and low art intersect in and around them. The first will be Gerald Kargl’s Angst (1983) and JohnParker’s Dementia aka Daughters of Horror (1955) —exploring the serial killer story. Godard’s Alphaville (1965) and Ed Wood Jr.’s Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) —a comparison of cast and similar iconography over both works. Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) and Charles Brabin’s Beast of the City (1932) —a look at the depiction of violence; realism vs expressionism. And finally, an exploration of autopsy as performance and in cinema, the trained hand vs. the Outsider.

Tue. Sep. 11, 2018


The Doorway to Joe: The Art of Joe Coleman
Thursday, July 12, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Green-wood Cemetery Brooklyn

A Conversation with the Artist

Renowned iconoclast and painter Joe Coleman sits down for a conversation with Harold Schechter, professor of American literature and popular culture at CUNY’s Queens College. The reception will include an exclusive sneak peak of the upcoming feature documentary about Joe.

This program is presented in partnership with Morbid Anatomy.

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