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.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Queer|Art has partnered with Wythe Hotel to present the second annual QUEER|ART|PRIDE: Two nights ofperformances, screenings, readings, and moreshowcasing new and recently completed work by Queer|Art Alumni.
Over the course of two nights in the Wythe’s underground Screening Room, Queer|Art will present three programs - QA|Pride: Live (hosted by Moe Angelos of The Five Lesbian Brothers) on June 21st; QA|Pride: Cinema (featuring a work-in-progress viewing of a new film by Rodrigo Bellot) on June 22nd, and the QA|Pride: Alumni Art Jam (hosted by The Illustrious Blacks) also on June 22nd. The diverse program features an eclectic melange of performances, screenings, readings, and more by rising star LGBTQ artists who have graduated from the celebrated Queer|Art|Mentorship program.
Taking the form of an evening salon, this live event, hosted by legendary experimental theater artist and Queer|Art Mentor Moe Angelos (The Five Lesbian Brothers, The Builders Association), will feature a diverse program of short readings and performances of recently completed work and upcoming premieres by alumni of Queer|Art|Mentorship. The program includes a performance of “sex dances” through the ages by Camilo Godoy, excerpts from a new musical by Melissa Li (with lyrics by poet Kit Yan), poetry readings by Tommy Pico and Nicole Goodwin, a new short play by notorious wit Justin Sayre, and a queer bat mitzvah organized by Justine Williams.
Image Credits (Clockwise, beginning from top left): Camilo Godoy, Choreographic Studies, 2015, color photographs on colored paper, 14” x 17”; Tommy Pico; Moe Angelos; and Justine William's Queer Bat Mitzvaha.
Friday, June 22nd at 7:30pm Queer|Art|Pride: Cinema Tu Me Manques (Dir. Rodrigo Bellott; work-in-progress screening)
This program features a special work-in-progress screening of director Rodrigo Bellot’s new feature film Tu Me Manques starring Oscar Martinez and Rossy de Palma. Tu Me Manques is the culmination of a project begun as part of Bellot’s fellowship in Queer|Art|Mentorship. Bellot will be joined by production designer and Queer|Art Mentor Avram Finkelstein (Silence = Death Collective) for a post-screening conversation.
Synopsis: In Bolivia, Jorge meets his son’s ex-boyfriend Sebastian over an accidental skype chat during which Jorge reveals that his son Gabriel has committed suicide. This encounter—full of guilt, regret, and anger—triggers an unexpected turn as Jorge decides to go to New York to find out what happened to Gabriel, meet Sebastian and their friends, and find answers to the questions he desperately seeks.
Please note: This is a work-in-progress screening. The film is not yet open for review.
Image Credit: Still from Tu Me Manques, courtesy of Rodrigo Bellott.
Friday, June 22nd at 11pm-1am Queer|Art|Pride: Alumni Art Jam (hosted by The Illustrious Blacks)
This special late-night program and mixer will be a raucous anything-goes throwdown of live music, performance art, music video screenings, slideshows, and anything and everything in between. Acclaimed dance/funk/performance art power-duo The Illustrious Blacks preside over the night’s festivities, which will include screenings of Sasha Wortzel’s tribute to Fire Island (with music and performance by Morgan Bassichis) and Samantha Nye’s latest video “Daddy” starring her mother dancing with a dominating phalanx of leather-butch women her same age; a livestream slideshow by Guadalupe Rosales of the 90s Latino Party scene in Southern California; a humorous lecture-demonstration on the subject of performance debris by Eva Peskin; a short experimental film about night scares and desire by Kerry Downey; and a guided sleep meditation by performance art group ANIMALS (featuring Michael de Angelis, et al.), sending everyone off into the night, chilled out and feeling themselves.
Image Credits (Clockwise, beginning from top left): The Illustrious Blacks (Photo by Charles Meacham); Still from We Have Always Been on Fire, courtesy of Sasha Wortzel; ANIMALS (Photo by Christopher Gabello for Interview Magazine); Work by Eva Peskin.