Thursday, October 21, 2010

Suggestions of a Life Being Lived: A Conversation

Guess what! Greg Youmans, Eric Stanley and I are on this panel tomorrow, moderated by one of my awesome MFA thesis advisors: Tammy Rae Carland.  Eric and I will be talking about Criminal Queers and Greg and I will chat about the Falling In Love... with Chris and Greg series. Also on the panel is Jeannie Simms, who I'm really thrilled to meet, speaking about her photos in the show. Speaking of, this weekend is the exhibition's closing so if you haven't had a chance to stop by there's never been a better, or more urgent reason than this.

See you there?


SF Camerawork and QCCA present:
Suggestions of a Life Being Lived: a Conversation
Speakers: Adrienne Skye Roberts and Danny Orendorff – exhibition curators; Jeannie Simms, Eric Stanley, Chris Vargas, and Greg Youmans - exhibiting artists
Introductions: Chuck Mobley, SF Camerawork
Moderator: Tammy Rae Carland, CCA

SF Camerawork, 657 Mission St., 2ndFloor
Friday, October 22nd
5:30 Exhibition walk through with Adrienne Skye Roberts and Danny Orendorff
6 – 7:30 pm Panel discussion featuring artists from the exhibition

SF Camerawork and QCCA present a conversation with curators Adrienne Skye Roberts and Danny Orendorff and artists from the exhibition: Jeannie Simms, Eric Stanley, Chris Vargas, and Greg Youmans. Moderated by artist, activist, educator, Tammy Rae Carland; the panel will address the complex themes of the exhibition:

• The public sphere as a site for protest, education and affection

• Self-organized communities, both intentional and imagined

• Utopian, alternative worlds and the performance of self-determination

About the Exhibition
Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, is a bold presentation of contemporary work that explores queer activism, intentional and imagined communities, self-determinism, and DIY alternative world-making. The exhibition features 16 artists working in photography, film, video, activism, and education.

Organized for SF Camerawork by independent guest curators Danny Orendorff and Adrienne Skye Roberts, Suggestions of a Life Being Lived looks at queerness as a set of political alliances and possibilities that exist beyond the sphere of dominant gay and lesbian culture.

Unconcerned with categorical sexual identities or coming-out narratives, Suggestions of a Life Being Lived originates from a place of “outness” and considers how a sense of liberated queerness is pursued and mediated within public spaces and behaviors.

About SF Camerawork
Founded in 1974, SF Camerawork encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media by fostering creative forms of expression that push existing boundaries. Throughout its history, SF Camerawork has nurtured artists, mentored youth and helped make San Francisco a destination for the exploration of photography as an artistʼs medium. Its exhibitions are nationally recognized as a focal point for innovation, a pacesetter for new trends in the medium and a launching pad for the careers of young artists. With three galleries and an education center at its new centrally located facility, SF Camerawork is the only nonprofit organization in the Bay Area with an exhibition space and educational programs focused exclusively on contemporary photography and related visual image media. It is an accessible venue for people to view exhibitions, meet artists, participate in educational programs, peruse photographic publications, and gather for lectures, screenings, portfolio reviews, and discussions.

About Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts
Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts brings together locally and nationally renowned artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars for a series of conversations to discuss a broad range of LGBTQI topics in the humanities and the arts. QCCA is an on-going collaboration between the Queer Cultural Center and California College of the Arts.

Co-sponsored by SF Camerawork; Critical Studies, Visual Studies, Graduate Program in Fine Arts, and The Graduate Program in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts and The Queer Cultural Center.

Contact: Rudy Lemcke

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

One would assume by the name that straight transgenders and bisexuals are left out of this one, but that's no concern of mine today because I'm excited to report that Falling in Love... with Chris and Greg Ep. 3: "Food!" is screening on Saturday in this festival! That's right folks, Closet Cinema presents The Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Fest in Albuquerque, New Mexico! And we're playing in a program called...

Gender Fabulous

Saturday, October 9th, 2010 2:45PM
at The Guild Cinema
3405 Central Ave. NE

Program Run-down from the festival website:

MAD AT THE DIRT; THE JOANS Peter Neville 2009 | 4 min
The Joans give Joan Crawford a punk rock homage in this fun music video.

KA.KA Julian Vargas 2009 | 6 min
During a late night of mutual exploration Augusto and Rosetta Guerrero unravel a life-changing discovery in what used to be a private childhood game.

REMEMBER ME IN RED Hector Ceballos 2010 | 16 min
When her best friend Alma Flora’s parents insist their child be buried as male, Fidelia must find a way to honor Alma Flora’s life and memory.

A high-octane mash-up of video, film and still images celebrating the life and work of legendary East Village performance artist Ethyl Eichelberger.

SPIRAL TRANSITION Ewan Duarte 2010 | 6 min
A poignant documentary portrait of the transitions that manifest in a parent-child relationship when that parent’s child undertakes gender transition. Featuring acclaimed artist Iris Duarte.

Chris Vargas, Greg Youmans 2010 | 26 min
A situation comedy about a queer odd couple – one liberal, one radical; one transgendered, one not; both with body issues. How will their love survive?

T4-2 Allegra Hirschman, Shellie Citron 2010 | 6 min
A picture-perfect marriage becomes queerly complicated in this sexy, sly and silly musical short.

DOOR PRIZE Zsa Zsa Gershick 2009 | 7 min
In this delightful short starring indie icon Beth Grant, a restaurant, a necktie and a line at the Ladies Room make peeing quite problematic.