Exhibition Opening and Public Awards
Ceremony for the 2018 Queer|Art|Prize Take Place
in One Epic Night
208 W 13 Street
The 2017-2018 Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual opens with a public reception on Thursday, November 1 from 7-10pm, hosted by performance and theater artists Moe Angelos and Ryan Haddad, who have worked closely together throughout the past year as Mentor and Fellow. The reception will also occasion the production and preview of the 2018 Queer|Art Community Portrait Project, presented as part of an annual series of newly commissioned portraits spotlighting Queer|Art’s diverse and vibrant community of over 150 artists. This year’s commission was given to photographer Lia Clay. The reception will continue with the awards announcements for the 2018 Queer|Art|Prize and will conclude with a dance party as DJ Sissy Elliott brings the epic night of queer revelry, sweat, and celebration to its climax.
The Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual exhibition is organized by Queer|Art and curated this year under the title “Here & Not Yet” by current Fellow Eames Armstrong, with new works of film, literature, performance, and visual art by Justin Allen, David Antonio Cruz, Marco DaSilva, Federica Gianni, Lucas Habte, Ryan Haddad, Lamya Haq, Jarrett Key, Madsen Minax, and Zoe Schlacter. While diverse in approach and outcome, these artists are united in dissatisfaction with the world as it simply is. They redirect the future by reimagining the past, upend limitations imposed on our bodies and relationships, and act out alternate realities to reshape what we know to be possible. Many of the artworks on view will be shown as fragments of larger bodies of work or works still in process, offering glimpses of each artist’s broader practice in ongoing formation.