Each year, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art curates an “ART & AIDS” exhibition. This year’s show is called 35 Years of Survival and will serve to commemorate the 35th anniversary of GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis). “The artworks, created in a variety of media, are the products of GMHC clients and weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work & Wellness Center. Art instructors donate their time to teach classes for GMHC’s clients (who include both professional and non-professional artists), and teacher David Livingston, along with GMHC board member Osvaldo Perdomo, curate the exhibition.” There will also be a panel discussion featuring Sally Fisher, Luna Luis Ortiz, Nelson Santos, and Robert Vázquez-Pacheco. The panel discussion will be moderated by museum cofounder Charles Leslie. All you need to do is register/RSVP, which is free, and show up! That RSVP comes with a guaranteed seat in the panel audience, also — yas! If the event is filled I am sure if you ask them they'll let you stand or sit on the floor. As queer people, it’s important for us to interact with queer art, how else are we to understand our collective and not-as-collective struggles?
Are you a theatre queen? A Broadway bitch? If so, listen up closely, hun. What Would The Neighbors Say? is “an emerging theatre company with a mission to provoke questions through untold stories” and it’s hosting — alongside Alan Cumming and Daniel Nardicio — an event benefitting Puerto Rico in the wake of the destruction brought by hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Tr*mp. The event will be at Alan’s new East Village club, Club Cumming, which not too long ago was the beloved Eastern Bloc. Of course, it’s not a benefit event without some cool acts! These will include “queer musician and visual artist José Rivera Jr., Ani Taj of the Dance Cartel and ‘On Your Feet’ Broadway star Emanuel Lopez Alonso.” There will also be auction prizes from Chita Rivera, photographer Michael Kushner, and Broadway’s production of Hamilton — a musical that my queeny ass has been a fan of since the get-go. You bet I’m one of those people that knows every lyric. Early bird tickets cost just $20 through the weekend. Don’t throw away your shot! Click here to get your ticket.
Back in 2013 when the Bureau of General Services — Queer Division was located in the Lower East Side, it was back when we didn’t even have a printed magazine. I remember thinking, ‘I guess if we have a magazine or some sort of printed matter we can sell it here.’ They had an Indiegogo campaign at the time which we helped them promote via this newsletter and our website. We feel that it’s important for our community to try to keep these types of places alive, there aren’t that many, if any, bookstores in NYC that focus mainly on queer culture/literature. BGSQD is now located at the LGBT Center and they carry an amazing variety of books, they have been hosting readings, art shows, and lots of interesting events including one that I will never forget, a performance by friend and artist Gio Black Peter while being peeing on front of the audience. The owners of the shop, Greg Newton and Donnie Jochum (pictured), are very progressive and we love them for that. This Friday, November 17, they are celebrating their 5 year anniversary with a fund-raising event. The event will be hosted by actor and “long-time friend of the Bureau,” Drae Campbell and it will feature raffle prizes (check online for their full list), food, drinks, dancing and performances. Other appearances include: “author/blogger Jeremiah Moss (Vanishing New York: How A Great City Lost Its Soul), poet Pamela Sneed, comedian Elsa Waithe, drag performer Lady Quesa’Dilla, burlesque performer and porn star Chris Harder, and DJ Viva Ruiz!” You must go, $25 is nothing for all the things you get, just drink up and help keep this lovely queer store alive.
Hosted by Sasha Velour, featuring performances by Olive d'Nightlife, Cheddar Gorgeous, Lucy Balls, Mocha Lite, Neon Calypso, Pierretta Viktori, Untitled Queen, Vander Von Odd, and Zenobia
Step back and understand. Trans people of color have always been on the forefront of the battle for queer rights. Watch the documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson on Netflix if you haven’t. Rewatch if you have. The Audre Lorde Project is sponsoring an event at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the West Village to come together as a community out of respect, mourning, and reflection; we honor the fallen members of the trans community, we buttress the power behind the living, and we demand change and recognition of the gross violations of human rights trans people face. Trans women of color are victims of hate crimes by disproportionate means in relation to other queer people. There is absolutely no excuse to stay silent. Let trans voices direct the conversation, and do what you can to make these voices heard. Donate your money. Say their names. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2016 marked record for the highest number of trans people murdered in America with 23 lives taken as a result of senseless violence. This year has already seen the murders of at least 25 members of the trans and gender nonconforming community. We remember Mesha Caldwell, Sean Hake, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, Jojo Striker, Tiara Richmond, Chyna Gibson, Ciara McElveen, Jaquarrius Holland, Alphonza Watson, Chay Reed, Kenneth Bostick, Sherrell Faulkner, Kenne McFadden, Kendra Marie Adams, Ava Le’Ray Barrin, Ebony Morgan, TeeTee Dangerfield, Gwynevere River Song, Kiwi Herring, Kashmire Nazier Redd, Derricka Banner, Scout Schultz, Ally Steinfeld, Stephanie Montez, Candace Towns, and all other unnamed trans people who have been murdered.
Masihambisane - On Visual Activism as part of Performa 17
After the evening's performance at Carnegie Hall, guests headed to the Weill Terrace Room & Weill Music Room
Drinks, music and dancing with the South African photographer
Much to our surprise, Zanele Muholi has stayed largely off America’s fine art radar. A solo show at the Brooklyn Museum reinstated the institutions mission “to create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities.” The South African photographer’s show “Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence” illustrated the violence LGBTQI people face throughout South Africa, where LGBTQI people have continued to battled murder, rape and many other atrocities directed at the community.
Reporting for GAYLETTER Issue 3, Patrick Sweeney wrote: “Taken using only natural light, her spectacular photos are human records that, while referencing official documents, speak to the need to see one’s self represented. ‘I don’t want to be covered,’ Zanele told me. ‘I don’t want to be hidden — I need to be seen.’” With her works now included in the Berlin Biennale, Zanele’s documentarian style portraits are beginning to take root in the larger art circuit, bringing her tender and important work to the larger art audience.
To celebrate her 10 day trip to the States, Performa has partnered with PublicArts at the Public Hotel for Performa AFTERHOURS. “Performa AFTERHOURS is a post-show get-together featuring a range of exciting emerging artists. During the biennial, audiences can join the artists, curators, and organizers of Performa 17 for drinks, conversation, performance, and dancing at New York’s newest quintessential late night space: Public Arts. Evenings draw loosely on Performa 17’s historical anchor, Dada, with artists who are invested in art’s revolutionary possibilities. …
The Performa 17 Biennial is upon us once again; this year’s event is taking place November 1-19 in various pockets throughout New York City. Best known for her series of black and white photographs Faces and Phases, commissioned artist Zanele Muholi (pictured) explores the intersection of intrapersonal and interpersonal politics for LGBTI people across the globe. As an extension of this ongoing project, Muholi has created a body of work to display in public in conjunction with her #VisualActivism campaign reaching across social media platforms. She aims to unite various groups of queer people of color throughout the city with her work, and it all starts with the opening reception of Muholi’s contribution for Performa 17 set to take place at Yancey Richardson Gallery. Her solo exhibition will display two series, Brave Beauties and Somnyama Ngonyama (“Hail the Dark Lioness”) from November 2-9. According to the gallery, Muholi “uses portraiture as a form of exposure to disrupt the dominant images of black women in the media today and to bear witness to both the brutality and the joy of black, queer, lesbian, and transgendered individuals in South Africa.” Muholi’s focus on long-term activism and community building are central pillars of queer history, and this work is more important now than ever before.