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.
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Between the Deaf and hearing world: Life on a continuum
Image description: Chella and Sammy sit in bed together, nude, looking at a point off camera. They share a likeness and ease as Chella touches his own right foot with his right hand, and Sammy is nestled against Chella.
On March 24, Leslie-Lohman Board member Chella Man’s newest film, The Device That Turned Me Into A Cyborg Was Born The Same Year I Was premiers at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. The film explores the nuances of life on a continuum between the Deaf and hearing world, oscillating between a daydream and nightmare as Man steps into his autonomy as a Deaf adult. We witness the constraints of machinery and how immobilizing it can be to live and breathe as a cyborg. At its core, the film is an anthem on self-love and exploration, paralleling the lessons that intimacy has granted its director and lead actor, Chella Man.
“Growing up without representation, I never felt intimately desired…let alone beautiful in my trans, disabled, multiracial form. The liberating news is: I don’t need others to feel beautiful.” - Director, actor, artist Chella Man
We’re excited to be the NYC home of this international premiere. The film will also premiere in Sydney, Australia at the Powerhouse Museumand in London with Nowness.
The film includes captioning and ASL and CART will be provided for this in-person gathering. Leslie-Lohman Museum strives to provide a welcoming environment to all visitors. External steps lead to our entrance doors: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible, and a single-occupancy accessible restroom is located behind the visitor services desk: all restrooms are gender-neutral. Large print didactics are available.
For additional access requests, please contact email@example.com at least three days in advance of your planned visit.
Light refreshments will be offered. This is a mask-optional gathering. Guests are welcomed to wear masks, and masks will be available at the museum front desk. We may provide additional instructions ahead of the event for registered guests.
Image Description: A flier with text reading "Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility with 3 free classes!”, with Coach DJ and Coach Tray, who are both pictured. Coach DJ is a Black femme with yellow and red hair, with her head tilted smiling; Coach Tray is a white masculine presenting person wearing blue and smiling at the camera.
In celebration of Trans Day of Visibility the Leslie Lohman Museum is once again partnering with trans-owned and operated gymOutbox who will be offering 20 free classes to QTBIPOC community members. Outbox is a Boxing and Fitness club that aims to make working out fun and accessible. Trans-owned and operated, Outbox openly welcomes all members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to come try a class. Their goal is to break down barriers around health and wellness to create a supportive training environment for everybody.
A note from Museum Director of Engagement and Inclusion, J.:
"As a transman, the gym has been a vital part of my journey towards fullness, embodiment and joy. As trans rights continue to be under attack in the U.S., particularly for gender-affirming care for young people, the importance of trans-affirming spaces like Outbox that are created to affirm LGBTQIA+ people can't be understated. To take up space together, to sweat together, to train together – is a powerful collective act."
Head over to Instagram @outboxnyc to learn more and to reserve a class. Classes are open to all levels of experience, including first-timers.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (LLMA) is the only art museum in the world dedicated to artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. With a collection that includes over 25,000 objects spanning three centuries of queer art, LLMA embraces the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ experiences.
The Museum is generously supported, in part, by public funds from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. Programmatic support is also provided by the Achilles Family Fund, Booth Ferris Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, John Burton Harter Foundation, and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation. Individual support is proudly provided by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and Global Ambassadors.