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  Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals. The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to [...]

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January 19, 2019

TELL 50: BELIEVING

 

TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.

 

BELIEVING is the theme of the 50th installment of TELL. That’s right, the 50th TELL!

Featuring stories by Juju GarciaLinden CrawfordWo ChanJordana De La Cruz, and REXYLAFEMME.

 

$10 suggested donation to support the Bureau and the performers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 
 


Drae Campbell

Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online!  www.draecampbell.com.

 
 

Juju Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Juju Garcia’s passion for fashion, film and music magnetized him away from the most economically segregated city in the country – San Antonio, Texas – all the way to New York City, at the age of 18. After some growing pains, he discovered a skill for writing pop songs and is now determined to inject queerness into the music industry, while being a voice for young, queer folks trying to find their way in the world.

 
 

Linden Crawford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Linden Crawford grew up in Sacramento, California, and went to the same high school as Joan Didion, which they hope counts for something. Linden moved to Brooklyn after an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans, and recently had their first publication, a personal essay about getting top surgery, called “All in One Piece”, in the New York Times.

 
 

WoChan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wo Chan is a queer poet and drag performer living in Brooklyn. Wo has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. As a member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play, Wo has performed at venues including The Whitney, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and BAM Fisher. Check them out on instagram @theillustriouspearl.

Photo by AJ Jordan

 
 

Jordana De La Cruz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Jordana De La Cruz is a Brooklyn-based director, cultural producer, queer babe, and dog mom extraordinaire. She creates events, performances, and public programs that spark cross cultural dialogue and challenge the traditional notions of identity. She has worked with JACK, La Mama, The Flea Theater, IATI Theater, INTAR Theatre,The Story Pirates, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, among others. Jordana is currently curating public programs at the Park Avenue Armory, a cultural arts institution dedicated to producing unconventional work.

 
 

REXYLAFEMME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
REXYLAFEMME (rex renée leonowicz) is a visual + performing artist, writer, and songwriter born and raised in NYC. As a working class trans femme, rex’s work is grounded in a politics of radical resistance, healing, and witness. rex blends genders and genres, often utilizing drag and burlesque, to critically respond to the relationships people “on the margins” have with our surroundings and each other. rex’s book of poems and illustrations, when there is no one and there is everyone, is available from Magic Helicopter Press. S/he was a 2017 EmergeNYC Performance Fellow with the Hemispheric Institute at NYU and has an MFA in Poetry from Mills College.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: January 19, 2019 7:00 PM
End: January 19, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the performers and the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals

 

Social Sculpture for Individual Goals is an opportunity to check in with others about your personal goals.

The way it works is very simple: A group of individuals gathers together, and, depending on how many individuals are present, together we decide on a specific amount of time that each person will be allotted to speak to the group about their personal goals. We ask for one person to volunteer as a timekeeper, and that person keeps track of time, letting the person who is speaking know when they have one minute remaining, and when their time is up.

As each one of us takes our turn to speak, the group listens quietly and gives us an opportunity to speak from the heart about our personal goals. This process of personal goal-related sharing can go in many different directions, and each person who speaks is welcome to use this time in whatever way feels most helpful to them. This process provides an opportunity for the speaker to sort out their thoughts, to gain clarity around personal goals, to share setbacks and successes, and to be accountable to others. As we listen to others, it is an opportunity for us to practice deep listening and to receive inspiration from others.

While this is not an overly rule-bound process, we do ask that attendees keep the following guidelines in mind:

- When it is someone else’s turn to speak, others in the group do not interrupt or query that person. We allow the person who is speaking to have ‘the stage’ to themself during their turn.

- During your own turn, keep the focus on yourself, and do not give feedback to others who have already spoken (note: it is okay to reference something someone else said, for example, something that inspired you–as long as you are mentioning it in relation to your own goals and your own process).

- Nobody is required to share. It is okay to attend and just listen to others, without sharing anything yourself. Also, it is okay if someone wants to speak for less than their allotted time.

- Please keep in mind that this is an open community forum; therefore, information that attendees choose to share is not considered confidential or anonymous.

This project is a collaboration between the Bureau and Ben G. Adams, a psychologist and artist whose work focuses on approaching tropes of personal and social transformation as art forms. The term ‘social sculpture’ was originally developed by 20th century conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in reference to the idea that all human beings are artists, and that all aspects of life can be approached as art forms. Ben’s previous work includes an art book and dieting system titled The Creative Process Diet, mixed media works in printmaking and sculpture, and another (currently ongoing) iteration of Social Sculpture for Individual Goals developed in collaboration with the Religious Society of Friends of Truth (a.k.a. ‘Quakers’) beginning in January 2017.

 

There is no required cost to attend Social Sculpture for Individual Goals, which is being very generously sponsored by the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, an independent organization that is operated entirely by volunteers. During the meeting we will pass around a bowl so that everyone who attends will receive an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to support the Bureau. The suggested donation is $10, and we ask attendees to be as generous as possible in their support of the Bureau, which generously sponsors Social Sculpture for Individual Goals and many other community-building projects.

 

 

 

Start: January 19, 2019 11:00 AM
End: January 19, 2019 1:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 18, 2019

Opening reception for Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) …

 

Please join us at the opening reception for Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) … on Friday, January 18, 2019, 6-9 PM

 

Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) …

January 18 – March 17, 2019 

Download a PDF of the press release.

New York, New York –The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division is proud to present Tobias Wong, “Untitled” (Golden) …, an exhibition of the late artist/designer’s work that played with the definition of what constituted art or design. The exhibition will present a selection of his work alongside objects from his personal collection that served as muses for his artistic design work.  This includes a wide variety of table lamps as well as ephemera that he collected.

In a press release issued at the time of Wong’s death in 2010, architecture and design curator, friend, and colleague Aric Chen wrote: “Through his work, Wong helped bring forth much of what is now taken for granted in contemporary culture. Influenced by Dada and, especially, Fluxus, he questioned authorship through appropriation; held a mirror to our desires and absurdities; upended the hierarchy between design and art, and the precious and the banal; and helped redefine collaboration and curation as creative practices. Working within what he termed a “paraconceptual” framework, Wong prompted a reevaluation of everything we thought we knew about design: its production, its psychological resonance, its aesthetic criteria, its means of distribution, its attachment to provenance, its contextualization and its manner of presentation. Wong was a keen observer, an original mind, a brilliant prankster, and an unerring friend.

“Wong’s work was widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. His many projects included those for Colette, Comme des Garcons, Prada/OMA, Cappellini and Swarovski Crystal Palace. In addition to the objects he created, re-created, repurposed, rarefied and otherwise manipulated, Wong’s work included events and happenings that included, among many others, a pop-up tattoo parlor at Art Basel Miami Beach/Design Miami and the Wrong Store, a “store” in New York that was in fact never open. (As with much of Wong’s work, both were collaborations.) Wong was named Young Designer of the Year by Wallpaper* magazine (2004) as well as the Brooklyn Museum of Art (2006). In 2008 and 2009, he served as founding co-creative director of 100% Design Shanghai, affiliated with the 100% Design fairs in London and Tokyo.

“Born and raised in Vancouver, Wong studied in Toronto before moving to New York in 1997 to attend the Cooper Union, from which he graduated with a major in sculpture.”

 

The exhibition is curated by:

Dean MacGregor, an artist who has done projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and many others.  He recently did his sleeping project at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Pablo Griff is an artist and was a consultant to the retrospective of Tobias Wong’s work at the Museum of Vancouver in 2012.

 

Image: Tobias Wong, blue anus, 1998 (replica 2016 courtesy Lite Brite Neon, Brooklyn), Estate of Tobias Wong

 

 

 

Start: January 18, 2019 6:00 PM
End: January 18, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

January 17, 2019

Community, Perversity and the Queer Left

 

Community, Perversity and the Queer Left: A political conversation about community, politics, sex and history. Verso Books’ recent re-publication of Jeffrey Escoffier’s American Homo and three other pioneering works by radical queer left thinkers published in the early 1980s is the occasion of a discussion facilitated by Christopher Mitchell, a professor of Gender Studies at Hunter College, with Jeffrey Escoffier, author of American Homo: Community and Perversity, on the relevance of the queer left today.

 

Copies of American Homo: Community and Perversity (along with the other three titles from set 17 of Verso’s Radical Thinkers series) will be available to purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

 

Jeffrey Escoffier is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. His book, American Homo: Community and Perversity, was recently re-issued by Verso Books in its Radical Thinkers series. He the author of Bigger Than Life: Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore and the editor of Sexual Revolution, an anthology of the most influential writing on sex from the 1960s and 70s. He is the former executive editor of Socialist Review. He was one of the founders and the Publisher of the pioneering LGBTQ journal OUT/LOOK from 1989 to 1992.

 

Christopher Mitchell is a historian of queer life in NYC and a professor of gender studies at Hunter College, CUNY.

 

 

Start: January 17, 2019 6:30 PM
End: January 17, 2019 8:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: (646) 358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

January 9, 2019

OLNY Poly Movie Night: Tom of Finland

 

Open Love NY presents Poly Movie Night, a FREE series of feature films that focus on the portrayal of consensual / ethical non-monogamy in cinema. This month we’ll be at our regular venue, the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.
 

On Wednesday, January 9th, please join us for Tom of Finland (2017), directed by Dome Karukoski and starring Pekka Strang.
 

We’ll meet at 6:30 pm at the Bureau (in room 210 of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th Street) for pre-screening socializing and start the movie at 7 pm. The event is free, although a $10 suggested donation to help fund future events is much appreciated.
 

Synopsis: Based on the life of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, the film contrasts his closeted life as a post-WWII advertising executive in Helsinki with the joyful eroticism of his (now iconic) illustrations of hyper-masculinized gay men in uniforms and fetish gear. Running time: 1 hour 57 minutes. In Finnish with English subtitles.
 
 

 

 

Start: January 9, 2019 6:30 PM
End: January 9, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Phone: 646-358-1730
Address:
208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau and Open Love New York. No one turned away for lack of funds.