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Hey New York: Check Out Queer/Art/Mentorship’s Multi-Disciplinary Series This Weekend

Hey New York: Check Out Queer/Art/Mentorship's Multi-Disciplinary Series This Weekend

The series comes at the close of the 12-month mentorship process for the most recent fellows of the program (read more about the program here), with work — ranging from visual art to readings to screenings — from fellows and mentors being shown at Leslie-Lohman. Friday the 21st there will be screening featuring work from Seyi Adebanjo, Vanessa Haroutunian, Natalia Leite, Yoruba Richen, Rose Troche and Geo Wyeth. On Saturday the 22nd there will be a series of readings from Ella Boureau, Nicole Goodwin and Peter Knegt (the latter of whom — full disclosure — started this blog). And then on Sunday there will be a Foundational Sharing Performance with readings, conversation and zine release led by Bridget de Gersigny, Theodore Kerr and Aldreen Valdez. All at Leslie-Lohman (127 Prince Street in Soho). Go to one, go to all three. All events are free and open to the public… 

Friday, September 21: 7-9pm

Join us for an evening of short film and video works by Queer/Art/Mentorship 2013-2014 Fellows and Mentors in conjunction with the Annual Exhibition. 

Details about artists and work below:

Seyi Adebanjo – Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!

The journey of Queer Gender Non Conforming Nigerian Seyi Adebanjo connecting with Òrìṣà tradition and the powerful legacy of their great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya. This personal and political story vibrantly investigates the heritage of command, mythology, gender fluidity & the hidden truth behind the power of indigenous Yorùbá spirituality.

HW Clobba feat. Geo Wyeth as Harriet and Alan Danielson on camera

HW Clobba is an ongoing collaborative project that documents the process of channeling the artist’s deceased godmother, a reluctant real estate agent and cancer patient who was evicted from her rent controlled Brooklyn apartment a year before she died. 

Vanessa Haroutunian- Disney Girlz Cover Trilogy

Covers of three videos made by teenage girls covering their favorite pop songs by former Disney Channel stars. Videos include: Party in the U.S.A. (Miley Cyrus), Who Says (Selena Gomez) & Replay (Zendaya) all performed by Haroutunian. 

Natalia Leite- Be Here Nowish

Be Here Nowish is a new comedy by Natalia Leite and Alexandra Roxo about two sexually progressive New York gals who ditch their down-and-out lives for LA in search of a spiritual awakening.

Yoruba Richen- Tonex’s Story 

Yoruba Richen’s film takes us from New York to California to Maryland to document the multiple players in this debate, including gay gospel singer Tonex (who now goes by the stage name B.Slade), who shocks the host of Word Network’s “Lexi Show” as he describes his attraction to men. 

Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová- Details TBA

Rose Troche- Details TBA

Saturday, September 22: 7-9pm

Join us for an evening of readings by Queer/Art/Mentorship 2013-2014 Fellows in conjunction with the Annual Exhibition. 

Details about artists and work below:

Ella Boreau will be reading an excerpt from her play “Helps to Hate You a Little: a Lovestory”, a tragic farce that unfolds in and underneath New York City. It is Persephone but with more kink. It is Wuthering Heights without the death scene and with a better soundtrack. It’s Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure if Bill and Ted were two dykes in love and Ted had an unsuspecting boyfriend. Helps to Hate You a Little incorporates elements of BDSM, shapeshifting, the absurd, and mixtapes in order to interrogate two questions: How fully can an outsider express her humanity before she oversteps and becomes a predator? Once that humanity is lost, how can she get it back?

Nicole Goodwin will be reading an excerpt from her QAM Literature Fellow Project, called “How I came to Live Underground.” A mixture of prose, poetry and performance Goodwin tells the story of the first girl she fell in love with, and her turmoil infused relationship with women of color ever since. 

Peter Knegt will be reading an excerpt from ‘The Fellow Traveller,’ a comedic non-fiction project he’s been working on with mentor James Lecesne about his experiences covering the film festival circuit.

Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová – Details TBA

Sunday, September 23: 7-9pm

“I dunno. I think I use tumblr so I’m easier to read.” 

Join Bridget de Gersigny, Theodore Kerr, and Aldreen Valdez for Foundational Sharing 7: Queer Art Mentorship. 

Join us for a free night of performance, conversation, and sharing. Featuring Moe Angelos. 

“What is the point of living if you can’t share?”

Pick up your free copy of the Foundational Sharing 7 zine at the “QAM Annual” opening 7-9pm, Friday Nov. 14th at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Price Street Project Space (127 – B Prince Street). It contains texts that influenced Queer Art Mentorship mentors and mentees. 

“Sometimes I forward a link instead of texting them back.” 

Foundational Sharing is an ongoing event and publishing platform started by Aldrin Valdez and Theodore Kerr. It brings together a small group of emerging artists & writers and a queer world of established texts. http://foundationalsharing.tumblr.com/

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