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, July 14, 2022
News and events from the William Way LGBT Community Center
ACT UP Philadelphia members Amy Walker Eckert and Inja Coats standing next to an ACT UP Coffin labeled in masking tape "A State of Emergency" and "[How] Many More[?]" at World AIDS Day/Day Without Art at John F. Kennedy Plaza (a.k.a. Love Park), December 1, 1993. Photo by Harvey Finkle
Bearded Dozen Anniversary July 14 at 6 PM at Christ Church Neighborhood House
You're invited to a belated, belated party to celebrate years 10, 11 & 12 of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret and to thank YOU for all your love and support over the years.
There will be drinks, there will be music from artists from Philly, Paris and Mexico City, and there will be opportunities to take home pieces of bearded history.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please reach out to Edith@BeardedLadiesCabaret.com with any needs that they can support.
MorningsOut - The Music Game July 19 at 10:30 AM at William Way
This is a fun game where players try to guess names of songs and the musical artists. You'll also hear the lyrics, and will have to use your knowledge to find the missing word.
MorningsOut is William Way's social group for GBT men 50 and older, with outings, speakers, and special events. If you wish to receive an email on upcoming events, email the group at MorningsOutWWCC@gmail.com.
Queer Art: Past and Present: Contemporary Queer Artists of Color July 20, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM (virtual)
As part of the Found in Translation series funded by the PA Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities, Fleisher Art Memorial and William Way LGBT Community Center are proud to present Queer Art: Past and Present, a series of lectures exploring Queer art histories and contemporary practices and aesthetics through the voices of five renowned art historians and artists.
This session will mostly draw on contemporary examples (1980s onwards) alongside some historical sources that aim to shed light on transnational perspectives on queer, feminist, and transgender artmaking and aesthetic theory.
Book Talk at Giovanni's Room Saturday, July 16th at 6pm
Continue the 2022 Pride season into July! Join Philadelphia Asian & Queer on July 16 at the historic LGBTQ+ bookstore Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, for a reading by Michael Dumlao, author of The Wisdom of Guncles, a collective work of stories highlighting the familial relationships of people in the LGBTQ+ community.
These are difficult times.
There's help there when you need it. Here are some useful resources:
Philadelphia Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline 215-686-4420