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Celebrate Pride! Shows This Weekend in New York

Celebrate Pride! Shows This Weekend in New York

The Editorial Team
Editors’ Picks: New York, June 28th-June 30th, 2019

It’s World Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Support the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate it, or get educated by seeing these shows. You can also just head out to Governors Island and be fabulous with our favorite performance artist and editor-at-large Ayana Evans. The choice is yours. Have a great weekend!

Alok Vaid-MenonALOK Vaid Menon, “GirlBoy,” 2019. Photograph courtesy of Heller Gallery. 

Collaborations with Queer Voices, curated by Matthew Day Perez and Kate Hush New Queer Arts Organization! 

Neon is a bygone marketing tool that advertises, announces or points to something or somewhere. Language is an increasingly important aspect of the LGBTQ ecosystem. By marrying the two, Matthew Day Perez and Kate Hush invited ten artists — whose identities and work span a full spectrum of age, gender, race, and medium — to meditate on a word or phrase and unpack that language into light. Heller Gallery is New York’s leading gallery for glass and we love this collaboration that brings light to the world of glass while, as stated in the press release, commemorating NYC Pride, WorldPride, and Stonewall!

Founded in 2018, Brooklyn-based FagSigns, the queerest, brightest, neon shop that ever existed, is an inclusive public-access neon studio, with an emphasis on community engagement and eroding barriers to othered folks seeking work in the creative sector.

Heller Gallery
Exhibition runs through July 26.
303 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001.

Art After StonewallDiana Davies, “Marsha P. Johnson at the Gay rights demonstration,” Albany, New York, 1971. Digital C-print, 9.75 x 13.5in. Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 – Get smart! 

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 is the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ civil-rights movement on the art world. Much has been written on the impact of the LGBTQ movement on American society and yet almost 50 years after Stonewall, key artists and their works of art are little known. This exhibition, which includes over 150 works of art and related materials, focuses on the work of openly LGBTQ artists like Vaginal Davis, Michela Griffo, Lyle Ashton Harris, David Hockney, Greer Lankton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, and Andy Warhol, and considers as well the practices of such artists as Vito Acconci, Diane Arbus, Judy Chicago, and Barkley Hendricks in terms of their engagement with a newly emerging queer subculture.

Key themes surveyed through Art after Stonewall include Coming Out, Sexual Outlaws, The Uses of the Erotic, Gender and Body, Things are Queer, AIDS and Activism, and We’re Here and this expansive exhibition will be on view at both the Leslie-Lohman Museum and at the New York University Grey Art Gallery. Organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, it was curated by Jonathan Weinberg, with Tyler Cann, and Drew Sawyer.

Grey Art Gallery, NYU + Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Exhibition runs through July 21, 2019.
26 Wooster St, New York, NY 10013 + 100 Washington Square E, New York, NY 10003.

Ayana Evans NADA House

Ayana Evans during her residency at Oak Bluffs, June 2019. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Lecture and Performance by Ayana Evans –  Saturday 2PM! Not pride related, but will be fabulous.

Ayana Evans’s NADA House installation “My Colonial Get-away: Fu** It, I Ain’t Budgin’” is an immersive installation of video projections, customized textiles, and lithographs that reference the signature outfit of her series Operation Catsuit. Evans uses participatory performance art and experimental print techniques to reformat not just how we see and use materials, but how we question social hierarchies and race. On Saturday Ayana Evans will give a talk and a performance in conjunction with SVA’s Continuing Education Programming + MFA Fine Arts on Colonels Row.

She’s not queer but she is obviously an ally and wearing glitter is always encouraged.

In its second year, The New Art Dealers Alliance hosts NADA House – a collaborative, public exhibition on Governors Island. Spanning 34 rooms across three historic houses on Colonels Row and featuring 45 artists from NADA Member galleries and non-profit organizations, the exhibition presents works that speak to the Island’s changing identity over time.

Governors Island 
Ayan Evans Lecture and Performance at 2PM on June 29th.
Exhibition runs through August 4th, 2019.
405 B Colonels Row, Governors Island.

Sebastian PerinottiSebastian Perinotti, “You Can Only Circle the Flames So Long.” Polaroid transparency in lightbox, 9x13in. Photograph courtesy of Blackbird Gallery.

Out There: An Exhibition Celebrating WorldWide Pride –  On the Parade Route! 

The exhibition “Out There” is examines gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity and how it has shaped the artists work. On view are a selection of emerging and established LGTQ+ artists including Miyu Asakawa, Raquel Diaz, Abby Goodman, George Goodridge, Jacob Hicks, Joseph Kaminski, Sebastian Perinotti, and a specially commissioned Pride piece by the street artist HEKTAD.

For a chance to meet with the artists don’t miss the closing party!

Blackbird Gallery
Closing Party Saturday, June 29th, 6-9PM.
Exhibition runs through June 30th.
219 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011.

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