Queers & Comics – LGBT Cartoonists’ Conference in USA

Queers & Comics
LGBT Cartoonists’ Conference
May 7-8, 2015

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS)
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Keynote speakers: Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel

Queers & Comics celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. It will offer LGBT cartoonists, comics writers and artists an opportunity to share information about their craft, to document the history and significance of queer comics, and to discuss how LGBT cartoonists navigate the comics industry. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/events/04/19/queers-comics-lgbt-cartoonists-conference/#sthash.taxx7TA3.dpuf

Art Off the Wall: Chitra Ganesh: “Eyes of Time” at the Brooklyn Museum

Press release by the Brooklyn Museum

Chitra Ganesh - 2014On Thursday, March 26 the Brooklyn Museum in New York presents Art Off the Wall: Chitra Ganesh: “Eyes of Time,” an evening of activities throughout the museum in celebration of Brooklyn artist Chitra Ganesh’s site-specific installation.

The program includes an exclusive screening of Ganesh’s video work; a talk with the artist and Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler for Feminist Art; a Bhangra dance workshop; a zine installation curated by Brooklyn Zine Fest; and a dance party hosted by DJ Rekha.

Ganesh’s work explores mythic representation of femininity, sexuality, and power though a variety of media from watercolors and drawings to films, photographs and text-based work. The Brooklyn Museum presentation draws from historical and mythic tales that reveal the fierce Kali, one of the figures honored with a place setting in Judy Chicago’s
The Dinner Party (on permanent view in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art), as one of the many avatars of feminine divinity. The evening is free with $16 Museum admission, free for members.

The programs line-up follows:

ART OFF THE WALL: Chitra Ganesh: “Eyes of Time”

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6-9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
Talk:Artist and Curator
Chitra Ganesh and Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art will discuss the exhibition Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time.

7 p.m.
Browse: Zine Library
Browse and respond to a zine library curated and hosted by Brooklyn Zine Fest, inspired by Ganesh’s first major work, Tales of Amnesia (2002).

7:15 p.m.
Screening: Short Films by Chitra Ganesh
My dreams, my works must wait till after hell… (2011, 7 min.); created, directed, and produced by Girl (Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh)
Rabbithole (2010, 3 min.); animation, with music by Karsh Kale
What Remains (2009, 14 min.); written and directed by Sarita Khurana and Chitra Ganesh

8-9:30 p.m.
Dance: Warm Up with the Ajna Dance Company followed by Dance Party with DJ Rekha
Ajna Dance Company breaks down the basics of Bhangra in a participatory movement workshop. Then on to the Dance Party where producer and activist DJ Rekha spins a Bhangra dance set.

[Photo above: Chitra Ganesh, August 2014. Photo By Svati Shah.]

Presenting Your Work: Show Me Your Portfolio

Invitation via Queer Cultural Center’s newsletter
Workshop#2 - 2015

Endeavor Foundation for the Arts & QCC:

Presenting your Work: Show me your portfolio

February 5, 6pm-8pm at the LGBT Center, San Francisco, USA.
The Endeavor Foundation Professional Development Workshop #2
Open to all queer and non-queer artists. (Wheelchair accessible)
Please RSVP to: Workshop2@queerculturalcenter.org, if you are planning to attend.

This workshop is primarily for visual artists who want to learn how to present their work to curators and galleries. Artists will gain first-hand knowledge of how curators view and think about work that is submitted for a specific exhibition vs. work that is submitted for general review.

Optional: If you have an Artist’s Website please send it with your RSVP to: Workshop2@queerculturalcenter.org

This is your opportunity to have your work seen by SOMArts’ new Curator for Inquiry and Impact Melorra Green and her twin sister Melonie Green, independent curator and co-owner of Gallery 1307, in the Fillmore district. Melorra and Melonie have been curating creative art experiences and traditional exhibitions for over seven years.

The Queer Ancestors Project

Queer Ancestors ProjectArtist and printmaker Katie Gilmartin writes about The Queer Ancestors Project: ‘[it] is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing young Queer adults (age 18 to 26) and (occasionally) senior adults (50+) free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.’

The workshops are taking place from January through April 2015 at Chrysalis Studio, SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, USA.

In the video below (which was made a couple of years ago) art teacher Katie Gilmartin. At her website you can see galleries with works by the students of her printmaking classes in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Video by SOMarts, 2012.