This storefront space at 337 Shotwell Street in the Mission District hosts experiments of community interest, lasting from one day to a month.
The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is excited to announce the call for proposals for Queer Book Dioramas – an exhibit in partnership with The New York Public Library and Lambda Literary, co-curated by Pop-Up Founding Director Hugh Ryan and award winning queer author Sassafras Lowrey.
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PASSAGE & PLACE Print Project
Call for submissions:
The concept of Home is often defined by one’s relationship to place- one’s connection to, or displacement from, a geographical or structural location. In thinking about diaspora, a person’s Home may be a place they have never physically been- it may be less of a physical place and more of a conceptual one. When considering chosen and forced im/emigration, incarceration, or territories occupied by military force, one’s concept of Home may not simply be defined by a single static place- or by place at all. In the context of queer identities, many of us who have chosen to disengage, or have been disowned from our families of origin, define Home through our interpersonal relationships to chosen family and community.
Some of us may associate particular people in our lives with a sense of Home. For some of us, Home may be laden in the sight of an object, a smell, a sound, a phrase. One’s concept of Home may be best conjured up by the act of movement, the practice of tradition, or the retelling of significant events.
What is it that signifies Home to you? Consider drafting a letter to that place/person/object/etc.
Imagine being able to communicate with Home directly— what would you say? What is your relationship to each other at this point in time? Has it changed? If so, in what ways? What lies in the space between you and Home?
This is a call for letters written, and visual art created from You to Home. A collection of these letters and images will be bound and printed into an anthology released in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival, 2014.
Final deadline to submit work is 5pm on March 1st, 2014.
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Passage & Place
PO Box 22469
Oakland CA 94609
Submissions will not be returned, so please don’t send originals. Along with your submission, please include a 2-3 line bio about yourself, as well as contact information.
Letters should be kept to 1,000 words or less. Visual art should be formatted to 6”x9” or “9x12”. Scanned images should be 300dpi.
Selected letters and visual art will be displayed during the PASSAGE & PLACE exhibition in June 2014.
Contributors selected for print will receive a copy of the printed anthology.
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PASSAGE & PLACE aims to connect conversations of localized displacement and gentrification to more expansive conversations around immigration, imprisonment, community building across intersections, mental health and spirit, and the ways in which queerness interfaces with these. How do our individual and collective bodies affect and politicize the spaces around them, and how do the spaces around us affect and politicize our individual and collective bodies? How are notions of movement/displacement and freedom/confinement constructed, informed by, critiqued, and deconstructed by our individual and collective identities? In what ways do the coping mechanisms of trauma and dissociation transform into intentional acts of strengthening?
PASSAGE & PLACE asks its participants and audience to connect their own experience to a broader narrative about the impacts of movement and place-making in physical, liminal, and metaphorical space in three parts: an art exhibition, a panel discussion of participating artists, and a printed anthology of visual and written works.The printed project will incorporate works of art sourced via an open call for contributions, a curated collection of essays, and letters from both free-world artists/writers and queer prisoners.
PASSAGE & PLACE is curated and coordinated by Annah Anti-Palindrome and Lex Non Scripta.
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∇ exquisite & inquisite ∇
∇ femmes & faggots ∇
∇ prints & papercuts ∇
∇ signs & symbols ∇
∇ lace & gleam ∇
April 30th through June 12th
∇ opening Tuesday April 30th, 7PM
∇ your presence in your dandiest, femmiest, and faggiest attire is encouraged.
∇ special edition prints available on the night of the opening!
The Lexington Club
3464 19th St
A few years ago, I was working on a series of typographic paintings centered on queer history and activism. The “Every Time We Fuck We Win” mirror was inspired by the Queer Nation manifesto from the early 90s. A friend participated in a bidding war to purchase the original, and, since then, I’ve had countless others inquire about when I was planning on making another/more.
So, by numerous requests:
HANDPAINTED hexagonal mirrors, 7” x 7”
Glittery gold enamel is safe to clean, though I’m not sure why you’d ever want to wash off those self-lovin’ lipstick marks.
Each one is slightly different, like you.
Get one here: etsy.me/USa3Da
"Being queer means leading a different sort of life. It’s not about the mainstream, profit-margins, patriotism, patriarchy, or being assimilated. It’s not about executive directors, privilege, and elitism. It’s about being on the margins, defining ourselves; it’s about gender-fuck and secrets, what’s beneath the belt and deep inside the heart; it’s about the night. Being queer is "grass roots" because we know that every one of us, every body, every cunt, every heart, every ass and dick is a world of pleasure waiting to be explored. Every one of us is a world of infinite possibility.
We are an army because we have to be. We are an army because we are so powerful. (We have so much to fight for; we are the most precious of endangered species.) And we are an army of lovers because it is we who know what love is. Desire and lust, too. We invented them. We come out of the closet, face the rejection of society, face firing squads, just to love each other! Every time we fuck, we win.”
Queer Nation, 1990.
Today is the #nomorecuts day of action via ArtStrike! Artists respond to the #fiscalcliff , looming budget talks, the scars of military spending, the gutting of Social Security programs, and the opportunism of the wealthy on the backs of the poor/working class, people of color, elderly, and immigrants.
The rabble rouses.
You Are Being Robbed, by Lex Non Scripta