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This Week’s Must-See Events: Queer Power Edition

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on June 13, 2016
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Monday’s been a rough day for us here at AFC as I’m sure it has for many readers. We’re still processing the horrific news of Orlando’s mass killing Sunday morning and it’s made writing much of anything difficult. Is there anything that can be said on the subject of guns, prayers, Islam, hate crimes and ISIS that social media hasn’t covered?

Probably not, that doesn’t diminish our need to mourn. One way we’ve decided to do this is to  focus on queer events in this week’s must see events. It’s a small gesture to be sure—we’re not saving any lives. But it’s what we can do to say to the families, friends and lovers of those lost that, “you’re not alone.”  

So, let’s talk all things homo-tastic: Monday night, Neil Goldberg revisits the David Lynch classic ERASERHEAD with a queer perspective. Tuesday, the unsung godfather of glam illustration Antonio Lopez gets his long-overdue retrospective at El Museo del Barrio, and two events at BRIC and Mitchell Innes & Nash bring queer/feminist perspectives to the city’s affordability crisis. Wednesday night, dyke icon K8 Hardy opens a mysterious solo show at Stap-On Projects while Thursday offers a one-night-only performance/installation from Scottish duo Ruby Pester and Nadia Rossi, who will be tackling sexuality, gender, and more at Bannerette. Friday night, head to Bushwick, where the Hot Summer Nights gallery crawl has some queer-tastic highlights in time for Pride month—be sure to catch Los Ojos’s all-LGBTQ group show and Vincent Tiley’s solo project at Christopher Stout Gallery. Also in Brooklyn Friday night: solo shows from AFC favs Björn Meyer-Ebrecht and Rachel Stern at Studio 10 and Black & White Projects, respectively, both located in the same building.

If you’re not politically/emotionally exhausted by the weekend, we recommend checking out the massive group show Of the people on Saturday at Smack Mellon. It’s all about the issues involved in this fucked, fucked election cycle. So when you’re feeling thoroughly anti-establishment, check out the Queens Museum’s Sunday panel on the visual legacy of punk.

It’s too late to wish everyone a happy Pride Month, but hopefully we can at least have a thoughtful one.

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Kink Doesn’t Stink, But It Does Border On Banal

by Marc Boucai on August 19, 2014
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James Franco is constructing himself as a 21st century PT Barnum/Andy Warhol, taking viewers on a tour of our culture’s current sexual oddities.

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A Queer Education: a Pop-Up Museum Comes to Brooklyn

by Paddy Johnson and Hannah Garner on October 3, 2013
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Over the last two years, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History has created outposts in Philadelphia, Bloomington, Indiana, and New York to investigate the hidden stories of local queer communities. Their motto: “If you don’t know you have a past, how can you believe you have a future?”

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IMG MGMT: Before/After, 2009-present

by A.L. Steiner + Z Drucker on May 16, 2011
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IMG MGMT is a semi-annual image-based artist essay series. Today’s invited artists, A.L. Steiner and Z. Drucker, live in New York and Los Angeles respectively. Read the photo essay, take the quiz and share the results!

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