I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Please join us via Twitter on September 13th, 5-7PM for #AskACuaratorDay! Carmel Curtis and Staci Bu Shea, the curators of our upcoming exhibition, BARBARA HAMMER: Evidentiary Bodies, will be answering your questions via Twitter. Mark your calendars and submit burning questions about being a curator or the exhibition. More info to follow.
Michael Walden’s work explores the journey of emancipation from the constraints of societal conformity, a paragon presented to the world only to be overshadowed by the gaze of disillusionment and feelings of estrangement. Realizing that desire in all its forms is about the pursuit of happiness, and understanding that it is attained just before it is lost. more
“My work draws inspiration from a variety of sources: my Mormon pioneer ancestry, childhood play with ceramic figurines, my grandmother’s quilts, historical dioramas, and pop culture’s invented mythologies of the American West.
This installation grew out of pouring over my great-great-grandfather’s diary chronicling his immigrant journey from England to Utah Territory in 1853—while confronting the absence of information about my great-great grandmother... more
A survey of artists trained for the trail, socio-anthropologists of the queer whose work find traces of queerness in a world that prefers us hidden, we excavate. We sift through the past for clues about ourselves, driven by our own impulse for survival. Curated by Avram Finkelstein. more
Each year, the Museum will commission an artist or group of artists to create work to cover the façade of the Museum. To inaugurate this initiative the Museum features a site-specific installation by the Silence=Death Collective, adapting the iconic poster used by Act Up during the AIDS Pandemic in 1980s calling attention to the lack of action by the United States government. more
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(Title image):Matt Lipps, Untitled (Men), 2010, Two chromogenic prints, 33 x 88 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, and Josh Lilley Gallery, London UK. Copyright the artist.
Barbara Hammer, Double Strength (still), 1978, 16mm film transferred to digital video, courtesy of the artist and KOW, Berlin. (c) Barbara Hammer.
Michael Walden, Untiltled, 2016, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in. Courtesy of the Artist.
Rachel Farmer, Ancestors Traversing Quilts (detail), 2017. Site-specific installation including ceramic, fabric, batting, and yarn. 77 x 258 x 20 in. Courtesy the artist.
Ken Gonzales-Day, The Wonder Gaze (St. James Park) , 2006, Digital exhibition print on vinyl, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles.
Deborah Bright, Wild Secret Girl, 1996, Ilforchrome photo print, 30 x 40 in. Gift of Hunter O’Hanian and Jeffry George.