“Fire” Exhibition

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poster for “Fire” Exhibition

This event has ended.

A show organized by Ryan McNamara with exhibition design by Cajsa von Zeipel.

“After a friend returned from a long weekend on Fire Island, his coworker asked him what it was like out there.

“Wow, I wish straight people had a place like that,” she replied, when he told her.

“You do,” he said. “It’s called the rest of the world.”

Every time I enter a new room I scan for other queers. Maybe it’s a hunt for fleeting solidarity, maybe safety—not that the two are opposed. I didn’t know I did this until I didn’t have to, when I arrived in a place where “queer” and its variants was the baseline. It is a profound experience, one I will never take for granted, even as I know the exclusions it enacts.

This is a very personal show, in the sense that it has no pretensions of thoroughness or coherence. A series of friendships and encounters organized around a shared experience of finding one’s place. Just some people inhabiting a tiny speck of the world and—to borrow a phrase by Douglas Crimp, another friend from the island—misfitting together.”

— Ryan McNamara


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