An ArtRage Flashback to
ABOUT-FACE: 50 years after Stonewall
The Paintings of Joe Radoccia
Exhibited June 1 to July 12, 2019
This exhibition was in collaboration with CNY Pride & SAGE Upstate, Inc.
Hudson Valley artist, Joe Radoccia’s exhibited his painted portraits at ArtRage last year at this time to pay homage to LGBTQ elders. The oversized portraits in this exhibition represented the hard won freedom of LGBTQ folks for the right to be present, to be as out and visible and large as they want to be. The scale acknowledges the magnitude of the About-Face in attitudes and acceptance that has unfolded in the 50 years since Stonewall. They claim space in an open environment that did not exist when many of us were born, that did not exist for most of our lives, and that many thought would never live to experience.

Displayed as a celebration last June, the exhibit also commemorated the 50 year anniversary of the bloody struggle known as the Stonewall Rebellion. Now, with yesterday's Supreme Court decision, there is once again a reason to celebrate, knowing full well that the fight is not over.
As a part of the programming for About Face, we invited local LGBTQ activists to tell and hear each others stories face-to-face (see above). We worked on the premise that hearing those stories and sharing experiences is not a cure for prejudice in itself, but is a good step in the direction of understanding and valuing each other.
Finally, ArtRage developed a LIVE, interactive timeline of Local and National LGBTQ+ History. While it is no longer LIVE, you can still view it HERE. 

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