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.
Our one-of-a-kind, art-filled party is on its way! The Fall Gala is Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art’s annual celebration honoring the LGBTQ+ communities' most illustrious artists and advocates – our leaders of today, who are forefronting art and social justice for the advancement of queer culture.
On November 9th, join us in celebrating visionary artist Jeffrey Gibson and vanguard politician Annise Parker. Jeffrey Gibson’s multimedia practice synthesizes the cultural and artistic traditions of his Cherokee and Choctaw heritage with themes from contemporary popular and queer culture. Gibson’s work is a vibrant call for queer and Indigenous empowerment, envisioning a celebration of strength and joy within these communities. Annise Parker is the former three-term Mayor of Houston, the first ever openly gay mayor to be elected in the United States. Parker is currently the CEO of The Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ+ people who can further equality at all levels of government.
This will be an evening to remember, with performances and visuals curated by our artist honoree Jeffrey Gibson along with dinner, dancing, and a chance to bid on some of the most exciting contemporary queer art. The Museum is humbled to gather in community to celebrate the many achievements of these electrifying honorees, exemplifing the commitment and impact of the LGBTQ+ communities the Museum has partnered with through the many challenges and successes of this past year.
The Fall Gala is Leslie-Lohman’s most important fundraiser of the year, providing critical support for the Museum's multi-faceted exhibitions, programming and education. Join us for the festivities and embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQ+ experiences!
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
devynn is a mixed Lenape/Blackfoot transgender choreographer, dance artist, bodyworker, ceremonial guide, acute care and hospice nurse currently working on Lenape Munsee and Canarsee land, Brooklyn.
MX is a multimedia performer and artist, and the artistic director of Complex Stability, a New York City based transmedia production company committed to inciting ecstatic disobedience.
Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Wearing a mask and merkin, she works at the intersection of contemporary dance, visual art, and activism.
For more information on becoming a Fall Gala host, making additional contributions, corporate sponsorship, the art auction, or member tickets, contact email@example.com, or +1 (212) 431-2609 x15.
The Museum is a nonprofit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. All ticket levels are partially tax-deductible. Other donations to the event are fully tax-deductible.
The Fall Gala will follow necessary health guidelines. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event is required for staff and guest admission. There will be no exceptions. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), the NYC COVID Safe app, New York State’s Excelsior Pass, or an official immunization record from outside the U.S. with matching photo ID.
Event Artwork: Jeffrey Gibson
Graphic design: Martin Perry and special thanks to Rune Olsen