Queer|Art|Mentorship 2016-2017 Annual Exhibition
"Out of the Past & Into That Fog"
 

October 13-15, 2017

Leslie-Lohman Prince Street Project Space
127-B Prince Street

 
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Queer|Art is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual Exhibition: “Out from the Past & Into that Fog.” Organized in partnership with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the 2016-2017 QAM Annual is presented at the Museum’s Prince Street Project Space (127-B Prince St.) from October 13-15th and includes a weekend of screenings, readings, and performances, as well as a gallery exhibition. It features new work by the 2016–2017 Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellows: Chris Blue, Anna Campbell, Ashton Cooper, Emily U. Hashimoto, Heather Lynn Johnson, Jamal T. Lewis, Jordan Martin, Rodrigo Moreira, Christina Quintana (CQ), and Virgil B/G Taylor.

The Queer|Art|Mentorship 2016-2017 Annual Exhibition opens with a public reception on Friday, October 13th from 6-8pm. This night will also include the launch of a limited-edition publication designed by Virgil B/G Taylor and produced in conjunction with the show, with contributions from all participating artists. A special program of screenings, performances, and readings will follow on Saturday, October 14th from 7-9pm. Gallery hours are from 12pm-5pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Queer|Art|Mentorship is a program organized by Queer|Art that pairs emerging and established LGBTQ artists in a year-long exchange and cultivates a network of shared resources and knowledge among an intergenerational community of artists and arts professionals. Since its launch in 2010, the program has seeded a number of creative and professional relationships that have propelled the careers of a new generation of creators. Its impact is confirmed with the Annual, now in its fourth year, which features work by current Fellows of the program. The work presented here represents projects produced by Fellows with support and guidance from Queer|Art Mentors during the program.


COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

LESLIE-LOHMAN PRINCE STREET PROJECT SPACE
127-B PRINCE STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10012

The title of this year’s Annual—“Out from the Past & Into that Fog”—refers to the combination of work being exhibited in the gallery as well as during the live event.


Into That Fog

Opening Reception: Friday, October 13th, 6-8pm

The title of this year’s Annual—“Out from the Past & Into that Fog”—refers to the combination of work being exhibited in the gallery as well as during the live event. The exhibition is curated by Ashton Cooper and will feature new work by Chris Blue, Anna Campbell, Jamal T. Lewis, Heather Lynn Johnson, Rodrigo Moreira, and Virgil B/G Taylor. Each of these artists have created work that contends with ideas of obfuscation, concealment, and obscuring in relation to the queer body. Many of the pieces on view engage these ideas through formal means — materials mask one another, shapes supersede text, and words are redacted. Collage, in particular, is used as an obscuring agent across several artists’ practices. Other works approach concealment conceptually by addressing the multivalence of supposedly normative signifiers; surveillance and immigration; and the advantages of refusing to explicitly represent the marginalized body. Repeatedly, the body is absent but evoked.

 
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Out from the Past

Live Event: Saturday, October 14th, 7-9pm
Doors open at 6pm


During Saturday night’s live event, however, the body will very much be present. The evening is curated by Vanessa Haroutunian, Queer|Art Program Coordinator, and will feature performances, readings, and screenings of new work by Heather Lynn Johnson, Jamal T. Lewis, Emily U. Hashimoto, Christina Quintana (CQ), and Jordan Martin/∂αρнηє. Heather Lynn Johnson will be reading excerpts from “Survival Guide for Black Queer Youth” (Impatient Press, 2017), a poetic guide that utilizes personal dreams, familial history, and life experience. Jamal T. Lewis will be screening a preliminary cut of No Fats, No Femmes, a documentary film about desire, body image, and sexual racism. Emily U. Hashimoto will be reading an excerpt from a new novel, which follows the relationship of two queer women of color over the course of ten years as they grow away from and towards each other. Christina Quintana (CQ) will stage an excerpt from Tobias, a “novel-in-performance” that explores the story of two individuals named Tobias: one, based on the true story of a slave, and the other, a fictional modern New Yorker, both of whom find themselves entangled in a complicated interracial relationship with other men. Throughout the evening performers directed by Jordan Martin/∂αρнηє will be present making special “announcements” as part of the next iteration of Martin’s episodic pedagogy project, Teaching to Transgression: Psycho-Socialite. The work of all five artists speaks to their personal experiences as queer individuals living in the U.S. and how they have grappled with the struggles they and those before them have endured.

Saturday & Sunday, October 14th-15th, 12-5pm: Open Gallery Hours


2016-2017 FELLOWS & MENTORS

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CHRIS BLUE
FELLOW | FILM

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KIMBERLY MAYHORN
MENTOR | FILM

Blue worked with Mentor, multi-disciplinary artist Kimberly Mayhorn on a forthcoming film entitled suddendeath regarding Mozart's last universal and transcendental composition.

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ANNA CAMPBELL
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

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LIZ COLLINS
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Campbell worked with Mentor, artist/designer Liz Collins on a sculptural series entitled Apparatus for a Dream Sequence, drawing from the alchemy of furniture-adjacent sculptural forms whose curious composition and capacity for material metaphor help to deconstruct our plastic world.

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ASHTON COOPER
FELLOW | CURATORIAL PRACTICE

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MARGARET EWING
MENTOR |
CURATORIAL PRACTICE

Cooper worked with Mentor, curator Margaret Ewing on a show about queer abstraction and camouflage, exploring how abstraction, specifically, can function as a form of protection, diversion, or camouflage in image-making and queer representation.

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EMILY U. HASHIMOTO
FELLOW | LITERATURE

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SARAH SCHULMAN
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Hashimoto worked with mentor, author Sarah Schulman, on a novel about two queer women of color over the course of thirteen years, following them as they grow away from and towards each other.

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HEATHER LYNN JOHNSON
FELLOW | LITERATURE

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PAMELA SNEED
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Johnson worked with Mentor, poet Pamela Sneed on a poetic guide to survival for the black and queer in America utilizing personal dreams, familial history, and life experience to inform the piece.

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JAMAL T. LEWIS
FELLOW | FILM

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STEPHEN WINTER
MENTOR | FILM

Lewis worked with Mentor, filmmaker Stephen Winter on a documentary entitled No Fats, No Femmes about desire, body image, and sexual racism.

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JORDAN MARTIN
FELLOW | PERFORMANCE

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ARTHUR AVILES
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

Martin worked with Mentor, dancer/choreographer Arthur Aviles on the next iteration of her episodic pedagogy project, Teaching to Transgressions: Psycho-Socialite. This iteration of the project will include a small book of poems, a set of matching outfits with embroidered text, wine, & two performers.

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RODRIGO MOREIRA
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

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AVRAM FINKELSTEIN
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Moreira worked with Mentor, artist/writer Avram Finkelstein on a project entitled NSA - No Strings Attached, documenting the immigrant experience in the U.S. and the relationships they establish with a different culture.

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CHRISTINA QUINTANA (CQ)
FELLOW | PERFORMANCE

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MOE ANGELOS
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

Quintana worked Mentor, performer/writer Moe Angelos on a “novel-in-performance” exploring the story of two individuals named Tobias: one, among the first 11 enslaved men brought to New Amsterdam, eventually recaptured for his sexual involvement with Dutch settler Harmen van den Bogaert; and the other, a fictional modern New Yorker entangled in a complicated interracial relationship.

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VIRGIL B/G TAYLOR
FELLOW | VISUAL ART

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CARRIE YAMAOKA
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Taylor worked with Mentor, artist Carrie Yamaoka on his series of online publications while also developing a new series of works in two and three dimensions.