Shop > Artists' Books

Out of Stock


William E. Jones
2nd Cannons Publications
Artists' Books
21.5 × 28 cm
43 pp
Film, History, Queer

Tearoom is a companion piece to Jones’s video of the same name. A work of appropriation, the video Tearoom is a police surveillance film – presented virtually unaltered – of men having sex in a public rest room in Mansfield, Ohio during a three week period in the summer of 1962. This film, used as evidence in court, led to the conviction of over 30 men on charges of sodomy, which at that time carried a minimum sentence of one year in the state penitentiary.

In the book Tearoom, William E. Jones presents the results of research on these cases and on the production of the surveillance film. The book includes a number of historical texts, as well as two new essays by Jones. Tearoom is extensively illustrated with more than 100 film stills, most of them in colour. These stills show men from all walks of life who met for furtive sex under the central square of Mansfield, and who went to jail as the result of a law enforcement sting. Tearoom provides a unique view of the clandestine sexual life of a small Midwestern city at the beginning of the 1960s.

Softcover, colour.

  1. Tearoom

Related Items

  1. Brian Kennon: Untitled #2 / KE
  2. Brian Kennon: Altered Secession Catalogue - Christopher Wool (Josh Smith)
  3. Mitchell Syrop: Niza Guy / Bifurcated
  4. Manuel Saiz: 24 24 Hour Psycho Sequels
  5. Keith Jones and Seth Scriver: Perish Plains Vol. 3
  6. William Davidson : PRNCLLGS 1
  7. William Davidson : Protometahumanoid Reunion on Cave Island as witnessed by W.A. Davidson
  8. Main Character’s Costume from Life of a Craphead’s Film “Bugs” (2015) with Drugs in it, with Contract (2013)
  9. William Davidson : SNEAKIES
  10. William Davidson : La Bande Détournée #1 - DEAD GUY!
  11. Bill Jones: ACME Made in Canada
  12. William J. O’Brien: Ceramic Heads
  13. Animal Spirits
  14. Travis Jeppesen: Victims
  15. William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison:

The Refusal of Time
  16. William Leavitt: Alligator Maze Orchid
  17. Alley Oop
  18. Féminismes Électriques
  19. William Davidson : La Bande Détournée #1 - CR-RASH!
  20. Mark Connery: Hell Passport #15
  21. Ben Kinmont: Eat, Drink, & Be Merry! A holiday list of gastronomy
  22. Mapping Spaces: A Topological Survey of the Work by James Turrell
  23. Draw it with your Eyes Closed
  24. Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World
  25. Ron Silliman: Revelator
  26. It is what it is. Or is it?
  27. Katrina Palmer: The Fabricator’s Tale
  28. Shaan Syed: The Andrew Project: 1000 And Something Portraits in Toronto Berlin and London, 2010-2013
  29. Gerry Bibby: The Drumhead
  30. The Benefit of Friends Collected
  31. Brad Elterman: Villa Le Rêve
  32. Art or Sound
  33. Momentarily: Learning from Mega Events
  34. Per/Form
  35. Fred Moten: In The Break
  36. Sculpting Cinema
  37. Dirty Looks Volume 4
  38. Judith Rayner: Art on Paper, November/December 2008
  39. Vito Acconci, lynda benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Gerard Byrne, George Chakravarthi, Judy Chicago, vaginal davis, Wim Delvoye, Elmgreen & Dragset, VALIE EXPORT, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, harmony hammond, claudette johnson, Mary Kelly, Yayoi Kusama, and Robert: Sexuality