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HEAR ME: VOICES OF THE EPIDEMIC—an original, sound-based installation in recognition of World AIDS Day—and the online conversation series A Time To Listen mark the forty years since the United States Centers for Disease Control’s first reports about the emergence of the disease.

The installation and conversation series bring together the voices of Vito Russo, Iris de la Cruz, Kia LaBeija, Constantine Jones, David Wojnarowicz, Michael Callen, Larry Kramer, and many more.

See link below for details.


Through December 31.

New York City AIDS Memorial

Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street, New York City.

From top: Vito Russo and Bette Midler at the Gay Pride rally in Washington Square Park, New York City, June 24, 1973, image courtesy and © the Estate of Vito Russo and Charles Russo; Kia LaBeija, Eleven, 2015, image © Kia LaBeija, courtesy of the artist; David Wojnarowicz in 1988; Iris de la Cruz; Larry Kramer with his dog Molly in 1989, photograph by Robert Giard, courtesy and © the Estate of Robert Giard and the New York Public Library.


“Every time I enter a new room I scan for other queers. Maybe it’s a hunt for fleeting solidarity, maybe safety—not that the two are opposed. I didn’t know I did this until I didn’t have to, when I arrived in a place—[Fire Island]—where queer and its variants was the baseline. It is a profound experience, one I will never take for granted, even as I know the exclusions it enacts.

“This is a very personal show, in the sense that it has no pretensions of thoroughness or coherence. A series of friendships and encounters organized around a shared experience of finding one’s place. Just some people inhabiting a tiny speck of the world and—to borrow a phrase by Douglas Crimp, another friend from the island—misfitting together.” — Ryan McNamara*

McNamara brings Fire Island to Manhattan with a new exhibition of work by Travis BoyerJack BruscaTM DavyRaúl de NievesNicole EisenmanK8 HardyKia LabeijaMatthew LeifheitHanna LidenTiffany MalakootiSamuel RoeckPaul Mpagi SepuyaDevan ShimoyamaA.L. SteinerWolfgang TillmansCajsa von Zeipel, and himself.


Through April 14.

Baby Company

73 Allen Street, New York City.

*”Misfitting together” is a quote from Popism: The Warhol Sixties, by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett (1980), referenced by Douglas Crimp in his book “Our Kind of Movie”: The Films of Andy Warhol (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012), 157, note 29:

“I [Warhol] was reflecting that most people thought the Factory was a place where everybody had the same attitudes about everything; the truth was, we were all odds-and-ends misfits, somehow misfitting together.”

From top: Ryan McNamara, Cemical Compound (6/8/2018), 2019, wood, plaster, paint, psilocybin, amyl nitrate, gamma-hydroxybutyrate, Truvada; Wolfgang Tillmans, Far away inside (Echo Beach), 2017, inkjet print; Matthew Leifheit; Meat Rack Gathering, 2018, dye sublimation print on aluminum; Nicole Eisenman and Tiffany Malakooti, Remarkable Lesbian Chess Set, 2016, clay, wood, and paint; A.L. Steiner, Untitled (Rachel on bay, Pines), 2016–2019; Fire installation view with K8 Hardy‘s jockstrap collection—Look Pines, 2016, fiberglass mannequin, metal base, cloth, enamel paint, synthetic wig—in foreground; Devan Shimoyama, Untitled, 2015–2018, dye-sublimation print on aluminum (2); Cajsa von Zeipel, Boy’s Tears, 2019, styrofoam, fiberglass, aqua resin, plaster; Travis Boyer, Le Fountain, 2019, embellished and dyed wool blanket on beeswax, wood, and steel frame; Jack Brusca, Pines Pavilion Logo, 1980, acrylic on canvas; Kia LaBeija, New Legend Lucky 007 on Fire Island, 2018, digital inkjet print.


“The art world is misogynist. Art history is misogynist. Also racist, classist, transphobic, ableist, homophobic. I will not accept this. Intersectional feminism is an ethics near and dear to so many on our staff. Our writers too. This is where we​ stand. There’s so much to be done. Now, we get to work.” — David Velasco, new editor of Artforum, 2016.

Velasco’s first issue since succeeding Michelle Kuo is out now, and Jerry Saltz loves what he’s seen so far:

See: vulture.com/wherever-the-new-artforum-is-headed-im-along-for-the-ride

Image credit: Artforum/Kia LaBeija, Untitled, 2017.

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ArtForum January 2018


SCREEN: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS at MOCA Grand—commemorating the twenty-eighth iteration of Day With(out) Art—begins with seven new video shorts by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye and Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell
Following the screening, event curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett (for Visual AIDS) will present a performance by and conversation with Labeija.
ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the ONE Archives Foundation collaborated with MOCA on the evening.
Kia Labeija, courtesy of the artist. Poster image credit: MOCA.
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