Artist Projects

Keys To Our Heart / Romantic Loner

Kalup Linzy

Simultaneously capturing and lampooning the glamour of old Hollywood black and white films, Keys To Our Heart is a satirical gallery and museum video project. Composed of three vignettes, the film’s three characters—two females and one male—are portrayed by two cross-dressing men, with all the voices performed by Linzy. Through its use of voice-over, humor and lavish costuming, Keys To Our Heart reveals the relationship between Hollywood glamour and drag performance in a narrative film.

A second film project, Romantic Loner, is a feature that tells the story of an artist soul-searching at an art residency. The majority of the film was shot at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, for a Alumni Awards Residency. The project, which introducing Linzy’s new character, Kaye, also includes an original musical score and soundtrack.

Project Updates

  • 2013: Linzy presents live performance version of Romantic Loner at MoMA PS1

  • 2010: Keys to Our Heart screens at Museum of Modern Art as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2008: Keys debuts at Prospect 1, New Orleans Biennial