The second annual fundraiser at Marquee featured performances by Monét X Change, Linda Simpson, Sherry Vine, Marti Gould Cummings, Ragamuffin, Daphne Always, Mrs. Smith, Emi Grate, Scarlet Envy, Vigor Mortis, Wang Newton, Miz Jade, Brita Filter, Princess Bytch, Flotilla DeBarge, Ruby Roo and Tina Burner
Advent by Sam Roeck is on view through Oct. 3rd
Chinatown is underrated. But there lay energy uncharted. On a damp Monday in September (the humidity was still trying it) I walked over with the rest of the office to check out Sam Roeck’s show up at OCDChinatown. The address brought us to an indoor bizarre home to several shops and produce stands. Sure, we thought, it’s here?
OCDChinatown promotes itself as a clubhouse for queers, gays and women in performance, sound, word, film, fashion and “most of all kunst.” OCDChinatown is a set, a screen, an informal testing ground for new work. So when it came time to exhibit Sam’s latest work, the space was a bit of a no-brainer.
Working with pencil, Sam’s created six new drawings that operate on the grid, but his lines jettison off for right angles and protrude focus for subsequent eye tricks. Hallucinogenic-trails of liquid also help this visual-shtick, as well as exquisitely shadowed burnt edges. Sam’s hand is quite impressive, especially when you consider the total precision of the drawing and his cleanliness on page. The line-work itself takes immense concentration, and I wasn’t bothered by any kind of eraser marks. Besides, they make for great texture. But his drawings keep the eye skipping, much like watching pop-rocks, so I wasn’t searching for mistake, only the next best moment.
Having had no real context prior to going to the show, “Advent” is a formal presentation in a totally random space. I sent Sam some questions over email (he said he loves nothing more!) to hear more about the work and his approach to commercialism in art. …
Moments between the frames on set for GAYLETTER Issue 8
Early on a Sunday morning last December, we met at our Lower East Side office. It was cold and overcast that day, hardly inviting weather for a shoot. But it was a shoot day nevertheless! With models Markus, Sy, and the twins Jan Carlos & Hector, we set off deeper into the Lower East Side with cappuccinos in hand and a few pastries and arrived on set to shoot with fashion photographer Cody Chandler.
Designed by Neil Patrick Grotzinger, Nihl applies ornate sensibilities to traditional menswear. Using Swarovski crystals, his Parsons’ MFA collection (Spring / Summer 2018) calls upon beaded singlets and leotards to deliver a glittering wrestling fantasy.
It was an intimate set, no stylist (except for us), no hair and makeup team (obviously the models didn’t need that because they arrived all natural) — it was perfection. the only thing that we forgot was The wine. As you can imagine, 75% of our shoots come with a toast because we are gay and as you know we love a celebration.
Check out the behind the scenes photos below, and to see the images that made it to print, buy GAYLETTER Issue 8.
What’s better than a family moment? A common turn of phrase among our office is, “Well, [so-and-so] is GAYLETTER family.” The word tends to keep our priorities straight. We also just really do value the relationships we have nurtured over the years… between each other, our contributors, our friends. It’s all relative at the end of the day. Family Style is a party concepted in a similar vein. Created by Jeremy Osslund, Paul Tomlinson and DJ Reaubert, the three met at the Honcho Campout this August and immediately cliqued, dancing and sharing stories with what they call their “dancing family.” “Family Style is for us,” they said, “a way of sharing what we love with people. Food and music have always brought people together, so that’s the vibe we want to cultivate.” Happening at Catina Royal, which promotes the lavish decorum of the late 18th/early 19th century (there is a chandelier in the dining room), enjoy dinner in the eclectic space before you dance in the relatively hidden warehouse dance floor in the back room. The party, which is premiering this week (September 26), will happen on the last Wednesday of each month and will feature a curated mix to supplement your meal in the dining room as well as DJ Reaubert who will serve as resident for the dance floor and a new DJ to help headline every month. There’s no cover and drinks are not too damn expensive. As the fall approaches, you’re going to want to keep who you like the most close. That includes the people you party with. Why not make this a standing date? New Yorker’s could use a bit of consistency… family values never hurt.
New York's most historical LGTBQ beach since the 1940s
Based on bare skin and skimpy clothing, the beach can be a major source of anxiety for some – LGBTQ people included. Lucky for any LGBTQ New Yorkers nervous about baring it all, Jacob Riis Park is a haven for carefree beach days. Located just beyond the Rockaway Inlet, Riis Park Beach has been, historically speaking, the most LGBTQ-focused spot for sunbathing and swimming since the 1940s. Recognized by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, Riis Park Beach is the place to see and be seen by queer-New York. If you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet place to read your book and have a nap, you may want to reconsider.
On the weekends, the sand is more like a giant blanket. Anyone and everyone who is queer (and really fun) in New York will shape up and ship out to get to, dare I say, the party. At Riis there will be music, there will be smoke, there are drinks, there is laughter. It is truly a one of a kind beach experience. Not to mention that the primarily gay area is in the easternmost section of the Riis Park, sanctioned off by a cliché jetty and set in front of an abandoned hospital. This, of course, adds to the lore.
Naturally, the location is photogenic and well documented. Photographers old and young alike have long brought their cameras along to photograph scenes at Riis. Gustavo Lopes, originally from Brazil, just wrapped up his second summer in New York. …
With Lotic, DonChristian, BR0NZ3_G0DD3SS, Oscar Nñ, DJ Bebe, Adam R and more
Heaven On Earth NY, September 7 — Phresh Off The Runway presented by Ty Sunderland
65 portraits of downtown New York City's LGBTQ icons.
It would seem there is no shortage of photographs to uncover from New York City in the latter half of the 20th Century. Curators and art historians alike have silently begun mounting and uncovering large archives previously unseen for audiences large and small. Unsurprisingly, many of these works are creative-leftovers from LGBTQ artists. Don Herron (1941-2012) among them.
After a stint in San Francisco, Herron moved to New York City in 1978 when the downtown and East Village art scene was beginning to take off. He invited the scene’s bigwigs like Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Belle Du Jour, Holly Woodlawn and countless others to sit (or sink) in what would become Tub Shots — 65 images of New York City and San Francisco’s queer heroes and heroines that detail the landscape of the bohemian creative community at the time. Speaking to the Village Voice in 1980, Herron said, “I decided to do a series of photographs of people in containers. The bathtub was the logical container to use.”
The portraits are collaborations between Herron and his subjects. Some brought elaborate outfits, some performed theatrical expressions, and some just sat and relaxed, probably just happy to have a bath. Seen in only black and white, these iconic artists of countless mediums behave in which ever way they please. Freedom, at the time of photographing, was being denied from these artists daily. And many of these subjects would be lost to AIDS in the years to come. …
Come join us this week, starting this Thursday, September 20 at 6:00PM (for the preview) as we head to the Printed Matter‘s Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 — We’ll be at Booth N27. The book fair is one of our favorite events of the year (Click here to see photos from the last year). Not only is it a wonderful chance to meet our readers, but we also like to sneak off from our booth, when if we get the chance, to go roam around the floors of the fair to see all the amazing printed matter available from other publishers and galleries from around the world.
There is an overload of incredible stuff to look at. In its 13th year the fair features 365 exhibitors. It is also the first fair since the death of it’s curator Shannon Michael Caine. It won’t be the same fair without him…On Sunday at 3:30PM we’re going to be talking on a panel about BUTT magazine — It’s the US premiere of the film ‘After BUTT’ by Ian Giles (Here’s the Facebook page with more details). Come to the Art Book Fair to support print and help us keep our publication alive by buying one, or ALL available issues, nothing wrong with owning the entire collection!
Thursday (preview night) 6:00PM-9:00PM, Friday 1:00PM-7:00PM, Saturday 11:00AM-9:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-7:00PM. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY. …
"Lesbians have more fun!"
lstw, or “Lez Spread the Word,” a Montréal-based initiative of about 20 queer women, began printing their magazine in the fall of 2016. Committed to fighting queer visibility, they began as a website exploring Canada’s various lesbian communities and have since launched a film series, a bi-monthly party and are onto their third print issue (Issue #3) with Lena Waithe donning the cover. (Past cover-women include the Canadian pop-rock queer-twins Tegan & Sara and the former Gaultier muse and DJ/model Ève Savail).
Creating a magazine is no easy feat. In digitized culture, the print medium has lost market value and readership across international borders. Yet the necessity for the medium remains. Not every corner of our world has access to the internet, you know. And there is no better way to spread culture, especially queer culture, than passing along finite, printed matter.
To help celebrate the launch of Issue #3, we sent Florence Gagnon – founder and publisher of lstw – a few questions to learn more about the publication’s creative process, the initiatives’ goals and what doing print means in 2018.
How did you come up with the name of the magazine? In 2012, when I was first contemplating launching a website, I knew I wanted to bring lesbians together and I knew I wanted to increase our visibility. My goal was to create the resource that had been missing when my friends and I were first coming out. “Spreading the word” was the departure point and “Lez Spread the Word” the obvious next step. …
Photos from Brooklyn's wildest weekend for drag.
Bushwig only happens once a year. Which totally sucks! What began as a backyard soirée of hours worth of drag-shows has ballooned into an internationally stamped festival showcasing the many modes of drag. New York — Brooklyn more specifically — where Bushwig began, has long hosted the careers of some of the drag industry’s best performers before fame grabbed them on Instagram, YouTube or RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Bushwig (which most recent offshoot was in Berlin) is organized by what has become a kind of drag-cooperative over the years. Spearheaded by Horrorchata and the many who work with and around her on a weekly basis, including Merrie Cherry, Tyler Ashley, Charlene, Hannah Lou, Untitled Queen, and Miss Malice — all of these performers (but honestly, legends) band together to book, organize, perform, emcee, and command the city’s biggest weekend for drag. (And this is a city that hosts RuPaul’s Drag Con.) The appearances at this year’s festival were no short of star-studded, with drag celebrities like Pearl, Hungry, Aja, Shea Couleé and Alaska taking to the stage on both nights.
This year, rain rolled through the festival’s early September weekend, but drag doesn’t stop for weather. Jason Leavy — who photographed the festival for us last year — decamped for Knockdown Center again to collect a series of portraits of the electric performers and twinkling attendees.
It should come as no surprise that among drag superstars and drag babies alike, there is beauty in every corner of the industrial festival grounds. …
At Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York City