Matthew Leifheit, former photo editor of vice and publisher of the savvy MATTE Magazine, is presenting a new show opening Friday, Jan. 13th at MAW. “Your Giorgio presents 13 translations from the secret scrapbooks of George Platt Lynes made by Leifheit in the past year. These works — comprised of a collaged book, short short film, and original photographs of varying scale — attempt to reanimate the queer archive through various poetic approaches to documentary.” We met and worked with Matthew nearly two years ago now when he shot some intimate portraits for GAYLETTER Issue 3. I can remember he spoke in a tender tone toward the craft of photography, and I went to find the latest issue of VICE at Printed Matter after I met him.
The work placed in Your Giorgio “draw upon photographs of the actual materials Lynes left behind, they remain assertively personal and elegiac.” Head out to the opening on Friday evening if you can, but if not, be sure to pop over to MAW over the weekend to get a look at his show. Should definitely be a fulfilling experience.
FREE, 12:00PM-6:00PM, MAW, 56 HENRY ST. #SE. NY, NY. …
2017 is already here and so far we have been trying to ignore the political nightmare as much as possible and simply carry. Carrying is the only way to live, if you are not carrying you are maybe, possibly, a boring person and if you are a boring person then too bad for you, simply stay home. Hey, it’s 2017, a year that already looks like a nightmare, but don’t take it too seriously, you could die tomorrow. Not to sound dramatic, but hey, it could happen to any of us. Too deep? This post is not about anything serious, it’s just a party that we like, that has been around for a long time now — we have mentioned it in our newsletter a few times — It’s The Carry Nation (pictured)and it’s the first one for 2017. Who’s ready to carry? It will be lots of fun and there will be lots of weed and molly friendly music provided by The Carry Nation (of course), Christy Love & W. Jeremy, Caleb Maisonet, Bearcat and DJ Haram. Your hosts for the night are a bunch of sluts (not sure if this is true, but let me carry for a bit), including Orlando Estrada, Simon Fortin, Bailey Stiles and Becca McCharen (Chromat). Also, I heard that some of them are into pissplay. I guess that’s the carry for 2017.
Jimmy DeSana’s work was featured in the last issue of GAYLETTER Magazine and we fell in love with it. He is an artist whose art has been overlooked for many years, mainly because most people never had the chance to see it. Jimmy died of AIDS in the late '80s and left his work to artist Laurie Simmons (who was his old roommate and close friend.) She has been cataloguing and organizing the work for the last 20 years and is now doing everything she can to exhibit it. This new exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery features “30 rare Cibachrome prints from 1985. This set of “lost” prints has never before been on view to the public and is being presented at a time when interest in DeSana is at a renewed high. Art and photography from the early 1980s is being critically revisited in recent exhibitions at major museums and galleries. There is a special interest now in queer artists and the legacy of a generation destroyed by AIDS. Jimmy DeSana is an essential figure in this evolving canon.” This is a real treat. Jimmy’s work was influential to many of today’s contemporary artists. And let’s be honest, since when has death ever got in the way of an artist’s career? I’m sure we’ll continue to hear plenty more about this brilliant young man who was so ahead of his time.
From a young age we learn how much the flow of goods and capital can be livened up with a little mystery. (Think: Happy Meals, holiday grab bags, whether or not your debit card is going to get denied at your bodega on Sunday morning). Surprises rock! It’s an obvious, objective truism. You get excited, you beg for clues, you scramble to guess. The excitement is hard to contain.
And Visual AIDS — a contemporary art organization we’ve definitely told y’all about before — understands this excitement. Specifically, they do with the upcoming 19th annual ‘Postcards From the Edge’ benefit, scheduled for this weekend. This event provides “an opportunity for the public to purchase original pieces of postcard-sized artwork by both established and emerging artists for only $85 each.” And not without some mysterious fun; the individual cards are displayed, sans the artist’s names, the identity of whom you find out post-purchase! This is your chance to take home original pieces by favorites like William Wegman, John Arsenault, Loraine O’Grady, Benjamin Fredrickson, Marilyn Minter, Kerry James Marshall, and many more.
Image courtesy of the artist Benjamin Fredrickson
The actual benefit sale will occur all day January 14th and 15th, preceded by a Preview Party on Friday the 13th from 5:00PM-8:00PM where you’ll have the chance to win first dibs on your favorite pieces. VIP passes and a silent auction are also in store at the event, so head to the host gallery Metro Pictures for some awesome surprises that benefit an even more awesome cause. …
I just read lots of information about this event, so let me do the best to simplify it. There’s an exhibition on view at The Bureau of General Services — Queer Division titled ‘Growing Sideways’ by the Buenos Aires-based, Chilean artist Catalina Schliebener, that was organized by curator John Chaic. Growing Sideways is a site-specific “floor-to-ceiling installation, growing across two and three dimensional surfaces and creating a disjointed narrative exploring gender formation and erotic curiosity…” This event is a conversation between Catalina Schliebener, John Chaich and the artist and educator Kris Grey. They will be “drawing insights” from the recent exhibition ‘Cut Ups: Queer Collage Practices,’ that took place at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art last year. ‘Cut Ups: Queer Collage Practices’ brought together an “intergenerational” group of about 15, “queer and feminist artists who each explore collage with diverse, erotically inclined tactics. The works in this show draw from print culture and pornography, dating from the era of gay and women’s liberation to the present.” That was helpful right? You are welcome homo. Yeah no problem, thank you for reading. Also, if you are broke you can donate whatever you have, they are nice people, they will let you in no matter what you can afford.
I adored this film. Directed by Mike Mills, (who I just discovered has a baby with Miranda July) 20th Century Women is set in the late '70s in San Diego, California. The main character, played by Annette Bening, is a single mother to a young teen boy played by Lucas Jade Zumann. Trying to raise him right, the intellectually curious mom enlists a free-spirited young woman played by Greta Gerwig, who rents a room in their house, and has recently recovered from cervical cancer, plus one of the boys childhood friends, played by Elle Fanning, to help her raise the teen. Billy Crudup plays another tenant in the house who seems to pay rent by helping renovate the dilapidated old mansion. 20th Century Women is funny, thought-provoking, and my only wish after leaving the theater was that I could go back in and spend more time with these characters. It’s the kind of film that would make a great TV series, especially in today’s world, where showrunners are given maximum freedom to bring their creative visions to life. During last Sunday’s Golden Globes I was hoping that Annette would win the award for best actress in a comedy or musical. Unfortunately she didn’t come away with a Globe, but don’t be too upset. As I’m sure her character might say about awards, they are nothing more than a scam invented by the bourgeois to reaffirm the notion that their tastes are superior to everyone else’s. Resist! And go see this film.
I started watching Search Party at midnight on one of my first nights back home for the holidays. As the first episode ended I totally had that fuck, I need to binge the whole thing right now feeling, but I have a large degree of self-governing, so I went to bed, woke up the following day and continued about my viewing. Search Party follows Dory (Alia Shawkat) as she tries to find the missing Chantal Witherbottom who lived in the same college dormitory as her. They were never friends, which makes Dory’s intent fuzzy, but Dory is persistent enough to involve her boyfriend and two pseudo-bffs Elliot (whoever casted John Early for this role, thank you) and Portia in the search. Whether they’re gabbing at Greenpoint’s trendy cocktail bar, Ramona, or trying to successfully host a dinner party with malicious intent, Search Party’s cast stays true to some sort of millennial form. Tweets and texts pop up on screen to provide the character’s own interiority; everyone is lying or fumbling their way through jobs. I basically told you nothing about the plot because I can’t. I don’t want to say too much, but I rewatched the finale just so I could laugh, ponder and dissect everything this show does right one more time.
There’s this saying I heard during election season: “never wrestle a pig because you’ll just get dirty and the pig will enjoy it.” It’s another way of saying that if you give some people an inch they’ll take a mile. This is what will happen if the Democrats give the Republicans anything! They will take everything. They must not be accommodated. They made their bed when they decided that they would oppose Obama at every turn and even obstruct his Supreme Court nomination, and now they have to lie in it. You don’t negotiate with bullies. “If you’re worried that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is going to lead Democrats to cut soul-selling deals with Trump and his right-wing Republicans, then join us on Sat Jan 7 at 1pm in front of Schumer’s apartment building at 9 Prospect Park West to send a MASSIVE MESSAGE: DON’T ACCOMMODATE... #NotOneInch!!! TRUMP AND HIS HATE-BAITING RIGHT WING DON’T DESERVE ONE CRUMB OF SUCCESS!” Can I get an amen to that!
All efforts to describe what it’s like to move through Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective are more or less futile; suffice, words won’t do. If you haven’t yet visited Marshall’s “Mastry”– titled so aptly its many meanings will reach you in subtle and profound ways – then I hope the rock you’ve been living under has heat (…along with food, drink, and other necessary resources). And if it doesn’t you might as well head uptown to stay warm and hydrated at The Met Breuer, where you can see almost 80 of Marshall’s original paintings, the scope of which makes “Mastry,” Marshall’s largest exhibition to date. Also, adjacent to the work by Marshall that constitutes the bulk of “Mastry” is a large room filled with works curated by Marshall himself. This is meant to express the many influences in style and era that inform Marshall’s oeuvre, something I’ve now decided any good retrospective should have.
“Mastry” is many things: expansive, confronting, stunning. It is a timeless ode painted in joy and sorrow by one to many more, a love letter that yearns to “reassert the place of the black figure within the canon of Western painting.” And Marshall does it so successfully; the imperial, white supremacist enamel of said canon simply cannot bear the enormous weight of “Mastry.” Aaand if you’re still reading and not on your way there now — or closed your laptop because this is the 400th writeup you’ve read about Marshall’s retrospective — we have great news: You don’t have to bask in the beautiful blackness of “Mastry” on your own! …
I love the American Museum of Natural History, and I love that they open up the place for dance parties like this. If you’ve never partied at a museum, then you really gotta add it to your to do list. It’s a super grand, super cunty way to spend an evening. Museum’s just get so much better with booze and music. “During this monthly party, enjoy drinks and dancing in the Museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. Guests can also take a walk up the Cosmic Pathway to the Hayden Big Bang Theater where acclaimed actor Liam Neeson narrates a dynamic flight through the virtual universe based on an accurate cosmic atlas. Beer and wine will be served at a cash bar. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended to guarantee entry.” Music for the night is by Kenny Dope and Eli Escobar. Get your tix quick as this is a popular event!