11.10.2017

Doron Langberg











































































"Born in 1985 in Yokneam Moshava, Israel.

STATEMENT

I see my paintings as a conduit between the viewer and me, through which my experiences become theirs. In my process, I search for affinities between textures, marks or color relationships and moments in my life, ranging from banal to sexual. I focus on love and desire in my work because they are both fundamental human experiences, but also what mark me as different. When I’m confronted with views about queerness, whether in a conversation, on the street, publicly expressed in the media, or embedded in institutional policy, I often feel that they do not reflect my own experience of sexuality. Through their visual impact, I want my paintings to bridge this gap between how I see myself and how others see me. By foregrounding color, gesture, and the tactility of paint I try to create a connection with a viewer that speaks to the shared sensations of the bodies we inhabit rather than the social categories that constrict us."





11.07.2017

Clayton Patterson - Portraits from the Pyramid Club


































































































































"The Pyramid Club is a nightclub in the East Village of ManhattanNew York City. After opening in 1979, the Pyramid helped define the East Village drag and gay scenes of the 1980s. The club is located at 101 Avenue A in Manhattan.
In the late 70s and early 80s, when mega-clubs like Studio 54 and The Limelight, dominated New York nightlife, the struggling artists, actors, musicians, and drag queens who lived in the East Village created their own, more intimately-scaled scene. They began taking over some of the local dive bars, such as the Holiday on St. Mark's Place, and created new clubs where there previously were none, as was the case with Club 57 (in the basement of a church), and 8BC, on a block of abandoned tenements.
The club became a hangout for "a new breed of politicized drag performers" like Lypsinka, Lady Bunny, and RuPaul, whose first New York City show was at the Pyramid Club in 1982. On Labor Day 1985, Pyramid performer Lady Bunny hosted the Wigstock Festival in Tompkins Square Park.  Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry dropped in the Pyramid to do a feature on the club for MTV, and Madonna appeared at her first AIDSbenefit at the club. Both Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers played their first New York City concerts there. From 1992-95, Blacklips Performance Cult, a collective founded by Antony Hegarty, presented plays at Pyramid every Monday at midnight.
In 2007, it was proposed that 101 Avenue A, the Pyramid Club's building, be landmarked. The proposal, described as the first "drag landmark", was not adopted by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. However, in the spring of 2011 the Landmarks Preservation Commission proposed a new historic district in the East Village focused around lower Second Avenue and encompassing 15 blocks and 330 buildings. The original proposal excluded buildings such as the Pyramid Club, but thanks to efforts made by local community groups such as the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, East Village Community Coalition, Historic Districts Council, and Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the proposed district now includes 101 Avenue A as well as other similar buildings. The Landmarks Preservation Commissiondesignated the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District on October 9, 2012."



10.25.2017

Richard Bruce Nugent
















































































































"Richard Bruce Nugent (1906-1987) fue el primer escritor afroamericano en publicar historias claramente homosexuales y en hablar públicamente de su homosexualidad, en tiempos en los que ni su propia comunidad lo aceptaba. Ya en 1927 publicó en la revista FIRE  "Humo, lirios y jade", considerado el primer relato corto que habla abiertamente de la homosexualidad.

Perteneció a la corriente artística conocida como el "Renacimiento de Harlem", fundando el Consejo de Cultura de harlem, llegando a ser su presidente. Dedicó su trabajo especialmente al mundo de la ilustración, colaborando en muchas publicaciones, especialmente los años 50. Durante varios años vivió con el escritor Wallace Thurman, las paredes del apartamento en "Niggeratti Manor" fueron decoradas con escenas homoeróticas en las que se visibilizaba el sexo explícito.

Fue un brillante conversador, bohemio sin lugar donde dormir en muchas ocasiones, polifacético y sin trabajo ni hogar estable jamás. Pintor y decorador de cabarets, utilizaba generalmente el color azul que le recordaba sus orígenes africanos y el rojo,  símbolo de la ciudad moderna. Entre sus trabajos mas conocidos están las ilustraciones para ilustrar la historia de Salomé.
En si obra podemos encontar escenas sexo explícito, junto a temas bíblicos, mitológicos o retratos de personas de su propio entorno.

En 2004 se estrenó el film "Brother to brother" en el que se narra su vida, los desafíos a los que se enfrentó y su lucha contra la homofobia y el racismo. Siempre fue una persona comprometida con su entorno."