“FOUND: Queer Archaeology; Queer Abstraction” Exhibition

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

poster for “FOUND: Queer Archaeology; Queer Abstraction” Exhibition
[Image: Robert Lucy "Sheba" (2008) Oil on linen, 36 x 30 in. Collection of Damon Gorrie and Stephanie Watson Copyright the artist]
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The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art explores concepts of identity and queer archaeology through contemporary abstraction

Curated by Avram Finkelstein

“To be queer is to be an archaeologist. In order to find traces of ourselves in a world that prefers we be hidden, we excavate, sifting through our cultural landscape for ancestral signs, oftentimes as a matter of survival. FOUND is a survey of artists who treat queer identity like an archaeological dig, and in their quest for evidence of a queer footprint, they snap twigs along the trail, mapping their way in the process.”
– Avram Finkelstein, Curator

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art presents FOUND: Queer Archaeology; Queer Abstraction curated by Avram Finkelstein, founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives. Coinciding with this exhibition, the Museum will debut the new QueerPower façade commission in early June 2017 designed by the Silence=Death Collective, and will honor this collective at their annual Summer Benefit on June 8 from 6 – 9 pm.

FOUND surveys the work of 27 contemporary artists as well as ephemera from Greer Lankton. The work on view examines queer identity utilizing the tools of abstraction, and the exhibition design and installation take inspiration from the concept of the artist’s workshop as a space for excavation and inquiry. The exhibition begins with works depicting the inescapable stand-in for selfhood, the body, as reimagined by a group of artists intent on dismantling it. Here artists including Geoffrey Chadsey, Troy Michie, Rodrigo Moreira, Robert Lucy, and Frederick Weston survey notions of gender, race and class through depictions of human form.

The second grouping in this exhibition includes the work of Eve Fowler, LJ Roberts, Karen Heagle, Matt Lipps, and Angela Dufresne, which examines images of queerness within the canon of art history.

The third grouping of works in this exhibition presents works concerned with negative mark-making—incision, refusal, and erasure, all gestures of counter-inscription through the works of Ken Gonzales-Day, Carrie Yamaoka, Lucas Michael, Nancy Brooks Brody, and Anthony Goicolea.

The fourth grouping of works by artists Sam Gordon, Maika’i Tubbs, Alyse Ronayne, Brian Christopher Glaser, Jacob Robichaux, Doron Langberg, and Gaye Chan examine notions of detritus thorough the exploration of the generative potential of the things we discard, and hints at what is perhaps the queerest gesture of all, transformation.
“Avram’s brilliant curatorial vision for this timely exhibition captures the zeitgeist of our times,” said Gonzalo Casals, Director of Leslie-Lohman. “As ideas of identities around the LGBTQ construct become more nuanced and intersectional, FOUND is a much needed survey on queerness that mirrors the need of LGBTQ contemporary artists to look back as they move forward.”

The final section of the exhibition suggests meta-visions of the ways personal and social identity can be layered, and sometimes placed in conflict through the works of Omar Mismar, Buzz Slutzky, Boris Torres, Maia Cruz Palileo, Pamela Sneed, and ephemera from Greer Lankton.

Through these five specific contemporary observations of queerness, FOUND uncovers queerness depicted through images of the alternatively sited body, opening the doors to a queer abstraction.

“Avram’s brilliant curatorial vision for this timely exhibition captures the zeitgeist of our times,” said Gonzalo Casals, Director of Leslie-Lohman. “As ideas of identities around the LGBTQ construct become more nuanced and intersectional, FOUND is a much needed survey on queerness that mirrors the need of LGBTQ contemporary artists to look back as they move forward.”

This exhibition opens to the public on June 10 from 1 – 4 pm in conjunction with a block party hosting various food truck vendors, youth art fair from GSA MS 447 (Gender & Sexualities Alliance at The Math & Science Exploratory School), family activities, and music. Responding to the newly installed QUEERPOWER façade commission, Pamela Sneed, renowned poet, writer, and actress, will curate and host performances by Heather Johnson, the author of Survival Guide For Queer Black Youth; Carmelita Tropicana, who has been performing in New York’s downtown arts scene since the 1980s; and Ishmael Houston-Jones, one of contemporary dance’s most vital improvisers, collaborators, and contributors.

QueerPower Façade Commission

Coinciding with the opening of FOUND, Leslie-Lohman Museum will launch the new QueerPower façade commission in early June 2017. Each year, the Museum will commission an artist or group of artists to create work that will cover the façade of the Museum.

To inaugurate this initiative, the Museum will feature a site-specific installation by the Silence=Death Collective, adapting the iconic poster used by Act Up during the AIDS Pandemic in the 1980s calling attention to the lack of action by the United States government. The Collective will reorganize the iconic elements of the poster and contextualize the message with language that addresses the contemporary civil rights issues faced by the LGBTQ community.

“Now more than ever, the powerful message behind the Silence=Death poster continues to inspire and empower us. We are honored to become a platform for the work of these artists/activists, and we are thrilled that the façade of our Museum will broadcast this powerful message to New York and beyond.
#QueerPower,” said Casals.

Members of the Collective: Avram Finkelstein, Brian Howard, Charles Kreloff, Christopher Lione, Jorge Socarras, and Oliver Johnston (d. 1990).

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Schedule

from June 10, 2017 to September 10, 2017

Website

http://www.leslielohman.org (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 12:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays

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Address: 26 Wooster St., New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-431-2609

Between Grand and Canal St. Subway: A/C/E to Canal Street

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