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Events

December 13, 2018

Meryl Meisler’s SASSY ’70s

 
Meryl Meisler, with camera in hand, documented the process of her coming out and exploring LGBTQ NY communities during the 1970s. She’ll be sharing her images and stories of Disco, nightlife, Fire Island, and self portraits from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City.
 
Copies of Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City will be available for purchase at the event. To reserve a copy please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com.
 
Meryl Meisler

Meryl Meisler was born in the South Bronx and raised in North Massapequa, Long Island in New York. Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meryl began photographing herself, family, and friends while enrolled in a photography class at The University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1975, Meryl returned to New York City and studied with Lisette Model, continuing to photograph her hometown and the city around her She frequented and photographed the infamous New York discos.After a 31-year career as a NYC public school art teacher, she began revealing large bodies of unseen work. Her monographs, “A Tale of Two Cities Disco Era Bushwick” and “Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City,” (Bizarre Publishing) are internationally acclaimed. Meryl lives and works in New York City, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 – a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery. She is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery.

 
 
 
 

Start: December 13, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 13, 2018 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
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 9, 2018

Issue Launch Party for TSQ: Trans*Historicities

 

Join TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and co-editors Leah DeVun and Zeb Tortorici for the launch of TSQ’s new issue “Trans*historicities.” This issue brings together artists, curators, and scholars imagining a history of trans* before the advent of terms that scholars generally look to for the formation of modern concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality. Contributors — including Kadji Amin, M.W. Bychowski, Julian B. Carter, Julian Gill-Peterson, J. Halberstam, Asato Ikeda, Maya Mikdashi, Carlos Motta, Kai Pyle, C. Riley Snorton, Jennifer Wilson, and others — consider what we find if we look for trans* before trans*.

 

Leah DeVun is a historian, artist, and associate professor at Rutgers University.  She’s the author of Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time and articles in Radical History Review, GLQ, WSQ, Osiris, and ASAP/Journal. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been featured in publications such as ArtforumHyperallergic, People, Huffington PostArt Papers, and Slate and at venues such as USC’s ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum, NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections, Houston Center for Photography, Blanton Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Leslie-Lohman Museum, among others.

Zeb Tortorici is an historian and associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.  He is the author of Sins against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain (2018), and has recently co-edited two issues of Radical History Review on the topic of “Queering Archives.” He also edited Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America (2016) and co-edited Centering Animals in Latin American History (2013). His co-edited anthology Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological/Archival Knowledge is forthcoming with Duke University Press.

 

 

 

 

Start: December 9, 2018 3:00 PM
End: December 9, 2018 5:00 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: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 8, 2018

Feminist Data Set Workshop

 

Please join Caroline Sinders and Dilettante Army for a workshop and discussion of Feminist Data Set. This session coincides with the launch of Dilettante Army’s newest online issue, Plot, which includes an essay by Sinders. For an initial discussion of queer aesthetic data points, Sinders will be joined by her fellow Plot contributor Rebecca Ariel Porte and by artist LJ Roberts.

This session will investigate varying methods of creating a feminist data set. What is feminist data inside of social networks, algorithms, and big data? A feminist data set queers the archive, the spreadsheet, and the data set. It moves beyond a white and male space, forcing the technology to reflect the community. A feminist data set acts as a means to combat bias and introduce the possibility of data collection as a feminist practice, aiming to produce a slice of data to intervene in larger civic and private networks.  Exploring its potential to disrupt larger systems by generating new forms of agency, the session asks: can data collection itself function as an artwork? How can we create data to be an act of protest against algorithms?

Participants are invited to name digital content such as images, gifs, videos, sound, music and texts, which they feel is feminist and queer in nature, to feed into the data set, which teaches an AI system to recognize such. Queer data is art, interviews, and writing by queer and trans folx, with special attention paid to the work of people of color data (examples: the Combahee River Collective’s “A Black Feminist Statement,” “I Want a Dyke for President,” the sculptures of Simone Leigh, Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, etc.). This process raises questions concerning qualitative data collection and requires the group to reflect on categories supposed to capture feminism.

If possible, please bring your own laptop! This will help you research data points and share any files you find.

 

Caroline Sinders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Sinders is a machine learning design researcher and artist. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment and politics in digital, as well as conversational spaces. Caroline is the principal designer and founder of Convocation Design + Research, a design and research agency focusing on the intersections of product design, user research, AI, emerging technology and public good.

Caroline has held fellowships with the Yerba Buena Centers of the Arts, Eyebeam, the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured at MoMA PS1, the Houston Center for Contemporary Art, Slate, Quartz, the Channels Biennale, as well as others. Caroline holds a masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

 

Rebecca Ariel Porte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Ariel Porte (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is a member of the Core Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, where she teaches a spectrum of courses in literature, philosophy, and theory across centuries, cultures, and canons. She is currently at work on a book about paradise, Arcadia, and the Golden Age.

 

LJ Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LJ Roberts creates large-scale textile installations, intricate embroideries, artist books, and collages. Their work investigates overlaps of queer and trans politics, activism, protest, narrative, and craft. LJ’s work has been shown at such venues as The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The 8th Floor, Vox Populi, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Oakland Museum of California, The DePaul Art Museum, The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and The Museum of the City of New York.

LJ has been the past recipient of The Fountainhead Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and residencies at IASPIS-Stockholm, The MacDowell Colony, QueensLab, Ox-Bow School of Art, ACRE, The Textile Arts Center, and The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2015 LJ was one of nine recipients of The White House Champions of Change Award for LGBTQI Artists.

LJ lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: December 8, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 8, 2018 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
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

December 7, 2018

Keith Taylor Presents.. Version 2.0

 
Performances by LGBT artists TranceDurrty HannaRockstar Sissy, Vermex Van Croix, Baller Brown, Fabiola Blonde, & Keith Taylor
 
Followed by the premiere screening of “Silence” 3rd music video from THE STAGE Remixed & Revamped! EP
 
This event is a fundraiser for New Alternatives
 
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit New Alternatives. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 
New Alternatives provides a range of services designed to help LGBTQ+ youth succeed in transitioning to stable adult lives and welcomes all youth as they are with no barriers to entry.
 
 
 
 

Start: December 7, 2018 7:30 PM
End: December 7, 2018 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. No one turned away for lack of funds. This event is a fundraiser for New Alternatives.

December 6, 2018

New Poems from the Bathhouse

 

subway hookups, bathhouse encounters, and missed connections:

we present new work
(seedy and/or psychedelic)

from Youtube prophet
MessiahSez

and poets
Kyle Dacuyan 
and A.W. Strouse

Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event image: Charles Demuth, Turkish Bath with Self Portrait, 1918 (Public Domain)

Kyle Dacuyan is a poet in Brooklyn, NY.

A.W. Strouse is a poet who teaches medieval literature.

Messiah Sez is a YouTube sensation.

 

 

 

 

Start: December 6, 2018 7:00 PM
End: December 6, 2018 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. No one turned away for lack of funds.