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Seeing Ourselves: Cast of Characters

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Seeing Ourselves: Cast of Characters
September 8, 2018 6:00 PM
September 8, 2018 9:00 PM
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
August 17, 2018
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
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Featuring portraits by over 100 queer artists, Cast of Characters celebrates and honors queer people. Liz Collins conceived of this exhibition as a kind of family portrait, a “family of queers.” As we approach the end of the exhibition, Collins and the Bureau bring together a few of the participating artists to discuss how we look, individually and collectively.

What do the portraits in Cast of Characters reveal about queer people and queer communities? How do we picture and present ourselves and the queer communities to which we belong? What does it mean to see ourselves as queer people, and how do our identities as queer people inform our ways of living in the world?

What can we learn from the inviting, playful, and colorful environment that Collins created for the portraits in Cast of Characters? How do we make space for ourselves in contexts that are hostile to our very existence? Nearly 50 years after the Stonewall rebellion, what can we learn from our history and what futures do we envision?

Join us for a lively discussion about the exhibition, the portraits, and queer utopian visions!


Liz Collins and Greg Newton, co-founder of the Bureau, will be joined in conversation by the following artists:

Nayland Blake

Deborah Bright

Barbara Hammer

John Kelly

Myles Loftin


This event will take place in room 301 of The LGBT Community Center. ADA Accessible.


Reception 5 to 6

Panel Discussion followed by Q&A 6 to 7:30

Celebration 7:30 to 9 


Installation view:  Regan Wood Studio