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.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Calendar of events from Queer|Art artists for the month of June.
Avram Finkelstein (left) and Rodrigo Bellott at 2017's Queer|Art|Pride
Take out your sunnies and soak up the Queer Art! It's basically summer, which, in addition to obvious meteorological perks, also means great times spent in blessedly air-conditioned galleries/venues. This month, you can celebrate the end of one and start of a second show at The Bureau of General Services – Queer Division: On June 8th, Current QAM Fellow Marco DaSilva's solo exhibition, No Reason to be Careful, comes to a rousing end with On Euphoria, an evening of music and performance featuring DaSilva and Current QAM Fellow Jarrett Key. Then, on June 15th, Current QAM Mentor Liz Collins' curatorial powerhouse, Cast of Characters, will hold its public opening reception, featuring work by a whopping 95 LGBTQ artists, including scores of QAM Mentors and Fellows (see the full list below!). Round out the week by catching an evening of performances on June 16th at ISSUE Project Room, curated by Queer Trash, a curatorial trio that includes Current QAM Fellow Eames Armstrong.
In the second half of the month, get your Pride on! Join us for our second year of Queer|Art|Pride at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg for a two-night celebration, featuring three programs of work by graduates of the Mentorship program. See y'all there June 21st and 22nd. And, catch you the next night (June 23rd) in Midtown for a special performance of Current QAM Fellow Ryan Haddad's My Straighties, part of Ars Nova's ANT Fest.
More on these events and much more below!
IN OTHER NEWS:
Now in its eighth year, Queer|Art|Mentorship supports a year-long exchange between early-career and advanced-career LGBTQ artists and curators. The 2018-2019 program cycle includes an incredible lineup of Mentors (just announced!) working in five different creative fields: Film, Literature, Performance, Visual Art, and Curatorial Practice.
The timeline for applications follows below - mark your calendars now!
Intent to Apply Deadline:June 12, 2018 Application Deadline:July 18, 2018 Program Begins: October 2018
Barton Lidicé Beneš, detail of "Lethal Weapons: Silencer," 1994 (Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York)
CELL COUNT Co-presented by Visual AIDS
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 31st, 6pm On view: May 31, 2018 - June 16, 2018
Performances by DuWhite and Arseneault with Mikiki: Wednesday, June 6th, 7pm Panel discussion about HIV criminalization: Thursday, June 14th, 7pm Closing tour with artist talks: Saturday June 16th, 3pm
Featuring work by 2012-2013 QAM Fellow Camilo Godoy and QAF Presenters Jordan Arseneault and M. Lamar, Cell Count brings together artists who grapple with the discursive and material histories that underpin HIV criminalization. Drawing together 19th century experiments on enslaved women, the medicalization of homosexuality, and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study with the emergence of HIV-specific criminal statutes, Cell Countasks us to consider how medicine has been complicit with systems of surveillance and incarceration.
Cell Count is curated byKyle Croft and Asher Mones co-presented by QA partner organization Visual AIDS.
A Kid Like Jake, directed by 2015-2016 QAM Mentor Silas Howard, will have its New York City theatrical premiere at IFC Center. In the film, Park Slopers Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg (Jim Parsons) have a four-year-old-son Jake, who has always openly liked “girly” things. Daunted by the prospect of kindergarten in New York City's competitive enrollment system, the open-minded parents are taken aback when it’s suggested to them that they emphasize Jake’s non-adhering gender status as a way to give him an edge with getting into a private school.
More on the film and buy tickets here Watch the trailer here
2012-2013 QAM Fellow Lauren Wolkstein will participate in a discussion entitled TV Talk: The Women Behind the Camera: Four Top TV Director On Showing vs. Telling. The talk is part of Split ScreensFestival, which celebrates the art and craft of TV. Wolkstein (who recently directed an episode of the OWN show, Queen Sugar) will join Tricia Brock, Gillian Robespierre, and Julie Anne Robinson to discuss the phrase, "Show, don't tell," using clips of their work to show how the magic happens.
2011-2012 QAM Fellow Justin Sayre returns to Joe's Pub with a new show, Justin Sayre's gAy-B-C's: A Brief History of Gay Culture in 5 Parts. Each show moves methodically through the rich legacy of Gay and Queer Culture. Touching on everything from Auntie Mame to Zebra Print, Sayre looks at the legends and lore of gay culture with stories, songs, and a lot of laughs. Each night covers different material, so don't miss a thing!
The 30th Annual Lamda Literary Awards will bring together over 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature. Nominees this year include Multi-year QAM Mentor Avram Finkelstein (for After Silence) and 2011-2012 QAM Fellow Tommy Pico (for Nature Poem). Presenters include Pico, Multi-year QAM Mentor Pamela Sneed, and QAF Presenters Kate Bornstein, Juliana Huxtable, and Carmelita Tropicana. The awards ceremony will be directed by 2018-2019 QAM Mentor Charles Rice-González.
2015-2016 QAM Fellow Hugh Ryan will hold a talk at the Seaport Museum in honor of Pride, entitled The Queer Histories of Brooklyn’s Waterfront. In Brooklyn, queer history began along the waterfront, from the docks of Vinegar Hill, to the factories of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to the seaside amusements of Coney Island. In this talk, Ryan covers 100+ years of queer Brooklyn, from Walt Whitman to WWII, and beyond.
Wednesday, June 6th, 6-9pm QUEERPOWER facade on view through: April 2019
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St. New York City, NY 10013
2018-2019 QAM Mentor Nancy Brooks Brody and 2016-2017 QAM Mentor Carrie Yamaoka, both members of fierce pussy, will be honored along with fellow member Joy Episalla, to celebrate the unveiling of their new QUEERPOWER facade installation. fierce pussy is a collective of queer women artists, formed in New York City in 1991, who, through their immersion in AIDS activism during a decade of increasing political mobilization around gay rights, brought lesbian identity and visibility directly into the streets.
2012-2013 QAM Fellow iele paloumpis will perform for Q(here)magiQue, one of three nights in the series La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance.Q(here)magiQue, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, is an evening of improvisation, manifesting multidimensional queer space for queer spirituality, and casting spells through dance and the word.