Visualizing Queerness: Seven Contemporary Artists

L: Zen Browne, Marlow, 2009 R: King Texas, Tatyana, 2014, From the series BLACKNESS 

L: Zen Browne, Marlow, 2009 R: King Texas, Tatyana, 2014, From the series BLACKNESS 

Ana Benaroya, Zen Browne, Tinker Coalescing, Machine Dazzle, Sara Lautman, André Singleton and King Texas.

The American queer community has made dramatic progress in visibility and in the exercise of social and political power in recent years. But really, it is not so much a singular queer community, but a diverse and complex array of multiple queer communities.

Art has always been one of the most vital ways in which these communities have communicated to themselves, to each other, and to the outside world. This exhibition brings together work by seven queer artists—including the performance by André Singleton at the opening reception—who seek to represent themselves and their circles with a combination of respect, wit, dignity, defiance, and glamour.

The artworks in this show focuses on specific, individual personalities—both actual portrait subjects and fanciful imagined figures—and do not rely on queer stereotypes or stock characters. They create beautiful and dynamic images of communities either on or just under the surface. All of these artists display the clarity of vision and boldness of expression that are important to the work of making their communities visible and powerful. As they should be.

—PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Beck Feibelman

HOT! Festival: NYC’s Celebration of Queer Culture at Dixon Place, is the world’s pioneering and longest-running LGBTQ Art Festival featuring visual and performance art.