Gender is a Drag, 1993, 2013
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Gender is a Drag, 2013
Photo: Garry Trinh
Gender is a Drag was originally created at art school for the artist’s end of first-year exhibition ‘Someone Might Notice a Thick Puff of Smoke (10)’ at Western Sydney University, 25 November 1993 (then UWS Nepean). What was to become Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s first ever public performance piece, it was staged at the two window galleries of the library on the Kingswood campus. In one window, a looped VHS video depicted the artist seated in an antique chair, experiencing a gender transformation marked by make-up, hair-dye, and a Pet Shop Boys song. In the adjacent window, a reversal of the gender transformation is marked by head shaving and a Frida Kahlo painting through live performance on opening night.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of his first public performance piece, Daniel Mudie Cunningham re-performed his 1993 work Gender is a Drag on Friday 13 September 2013 at Alaska Projects in Sydney. This performance was dedicated to the artist's brother Christopher Lee Mudie (1979–2013) who had died a fortnight earlier.

Gender is a Drag, 1993, 2013
Video documentation of live performances as HD single channel video with sound, 15:00 min
Camera: Emma Crimmings, 1993; Tina Havelock Stevens, Garry Trinh, Catherine White, Sean Mudie, 2013
Editor: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, 1993; Vera Hong, 2013
Make-up: Catherine White, 1993
Stills: Ross Cunningham, 1993; Garry Trinh, 2013
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
Solo exhibitions:
Gender is a Drag, Alaska Projects, 2013
Are You There? Wollongong Art Gallery, 2023
Group exhibitions:
Someone Might Notice a Thick Puff of Smoke (10), UWS Nepean, 1993
Let's Get Lost, Alaska Projects, 2015
Space YZ, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2021
Two Sides of the Same Coin, Bondi Pavilion, 2023