Harry Tafoya sat down with Agosoto Machado, the pre-Stonewall street queen, actor, collector, activist, organizer, and so much more. Listen to Agosto share heartwarming tales of the NYC avant garde from when it was grittier and prettier

Agosto has performed with Jack Smith, Ethyl Eichelberger, Stephen Varble, Angels of Light, and the Cockettes, as well as Warhol Superstars Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Mario Montez, and Jackie Curtis. He’s been a muse for generations of artists including Peter Hujar, Jack Pierson, Tabboo!, Collier Schorr, Alice O’Malley, and Ryan McGinley; a collector of his myriad friends’ work including the art of Arch Connolly, Gilda Pervin, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Uzi Parnes, Ken Tisa, and Martin Wong; self-taught East Village street artists; and part of the cohort of queer revolutionaries, including Sylvia Rivera and  Marsha P. Johnson, with whom he participated in the Stonewall Rebellion. 

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And more from 'Agosto Machado: The Forbidden City' at Gordon Robichaux 

PDF of some of the relics from his personl collection <--- here

Bob Gruen
Untitled (La MaMa rehearsal loft with Prendeville Ohio, Dorrian
Grey, Agosto Machado, Paul Ambrose, Jackie Curtis, Candy
Darling, Ondine), 1971

Jack Smith
Untitled (Mario Montez and Agosto Machado), c. early 1980s