The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Queer Theatre and Performance Residency for Emerging Artists intends to advance the nature and discourse of queer theory through experimental work. Selected artists will have an interest in expanding the concept of identity past current boundaries. Through multiple disciplines and genres, residents will create art of expansive vision and effort. Past residents include Cristina Pitter, Camilo Godoy, Peter Smith, and Kevin Quiles Bonilla. Proposals that integrate a discussion of queer aesthetics and politics are particularly encouraged.
“Experimental performance is a cornerstone of queer art practice and one which our Museum intends to support fully,” said Executive Director Gonzalo Casals. “We are interested in building a program that supports artists’ careers not only by showing their work, but also by helping them to produce it.”
Curated by Zachary Small (Associate editor, investigations, The Art Newspaper) and Daniel J Sander (Assistant Curator, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art), the residencies will take place in July and August. Two artists (or groups) will be selected to receive free rehearsal space in the Leslie-Lohman Project Space on Prince Street in SoHo for one month each. Additionally, they will receive access to the Museum’s archives, guidance from staff, and an artist honorarium. At the end of the residency, artists will be expected to present a work-in-progress showcase in the Project Space.
“This program is dedicated to the groundbreaking work of writers like Jill Johnston and José Estaban Muñoz who envisioned queerness as an aspiration toward the future. To be queer is to imagine better possible futures not just for one’s self, but for all peoples,” explained curator Zachary Small.
Through the program, residents will also have the opportunity to stage their projects at La MaMa, a premiere venue for experimental theater in the East Village. Details to be discussed with finalists.
UNCANNY EFFECTS: Robert Giard’s Currents of Connection
Through April 19
Curated by Ariel Goldberg and Noam Parness
Uncanny Effects displays the work of photographer Robert Giard, bringing forth connections made between LGBTQ+ cultural producers of the late 20th-century. Beyond his most well-known project, Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, this exhibition highlights the expansiveness of Giard’s photographic practice, from nudes to still lives and landscapes, as well as portraits of activists and artists. Works in the show detail Giard’s relationships across communities that grew through the photographic process. >>>
BEING SEEN MAKES A MOVEMENT POSSIBLE
JEB (Joan E. Biren)
Being Seen Makes a Movement Possible draws on JEB’s (Joan E. Biren) extensive documentation of the LGBTQ movement for more than 40 years. JEB (Joan E. Biren) was one of the earliest photographers to bring visibility to the movement with her fierce yet tender images of activists. In this installation she chronicles critical years of our history as a colorful and diverse LGBTQ people. >>>
OTHER POINTS OF VIEW
February 8 – May 17
Curated by Tirza True Latimer
Other Points of View looks at the mid-twentieth-century artistic scene in America through the lens of View magazine, which was edited by Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler from 1940 to 1947, and highlighted vibrant cultural enterprises that escape notice in formalist taxonomies of modern art. The publication brought together surrealists, magic realists, neo-romantics, and self-taught artists from Europe, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America who cultivated alternative understandings of both the terms “American” and “modern.” >>>
The California Arts Council will hold its first business meeting of 2020 on Wednesday, February 5 at The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex in Sacramento. The public is invited to attend and to address the Council during the public comment periods. A detailed meeting agenda will be posted at this link by the close of the business day on Friday, January 24.
Council meetings are open to the public and are held in physically accessible spaces in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need additional accommodations or require language assistance, please send your request to Administrative Analyst Lariza Barcena at email@example.com no later than five business days before the meeting.
New online program staff directory
Transitions are underway at the CAC! This week we're announcing updates to the staff contacts for some of our grant programs. Grantees should visit our new Program Staff Contacts webpage to easily locate the name and contact information for each grant's designated Arts Program Specialist. These shifts are in anticipation of an expansion to our Programs Unit. New colleagues will be joining our team soon, and we are excited to increase our staff in order to more effectively and responsibly meet the needs of the field.
CAC report focuses on local government investments in SLPs
How much does your county invest in the arts? We've just published a new report, California County Local Arts Agency: Impact & Local Government Funding, examining the financial investments county and municipal governments make in their designated county local arts agencies, or State-Local Partners. Additionally, it explores the impact of local arts agencies both in the communities they serve and statewide. Read the full report here or view our press release for more information.
AIC opportunities: Advisor pool & program name change
California's Arts in Corrections program is looking to the community for help to grow prison arts programming in a new direction: Returned citizens who were formerly incarcerated are encouraged to lend their valuable voices to state contract decision making as paid Arts in Corrections panel advisors - details and how to apply at this link. And, as part of a community-based approach, the CAC invites everyone to participate in our process to develop a new program name -register for the upcoming webinar on February 5 to learn more.